Authorities in the west African nation of Guinea have declared a state of emergency amid post-election violence that has killed at least nine people, the government said Wednesday on national radio.
"The president of the republic can take, by order, any measure necessary to defend the integrity of the national territory and to re-establish and maintain public order," a senior government official read Wednesday afternoon on state radio.
Supporters of rival Guinean presidential candidates have clashed with each other and with security forces in Conakry, the capital, and other cities in northern Guinea, after Alpha Conde was declared the winner of the runoff election Monday. At least nine people have been killed in the past three days.
Thierno Barry, a doctor at Clinique Dixinn in Conakry, said that he personally had transported five dead bodies since Monday. He said they had all been killed by gunshot wounds from Guinean security forces.
- From Journalist Joe Penney