November 17, 2010 / 5:01 PM / in 7 years

TIMELINE-State of emergency in Guinea

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Here is a timeline of events in Guinea after Guinea imposed a state of emergency on Wednesday:

Dec. 23, 2008 - Government announces President Lansana Conte’s death.

Dec. 24 - Junta chief Captain Moussa Dadis Camara is chosen as de facto head of state after bloodless coup and says he will not stand for president in election promised in 2010.

Sept. 28, 2009 - Security forces fire live rounds to disperse thousands of anti-junta protesters, killing more than 150 people. Numerous eyewitness reports tell of gang rapes and sexual attacks on women by security forces.

Oct. 12-13 - Two-day general strike is called by unions to protest against the September killings, bringing Conakry to halt and disrupting bauxite exports.

Oct. 29 - The United States restricts travel of junta members and African Union imposes sanctions which include travel restrictions and freezing of bank accounts.

Oct. 30 - France halts cooperation with Guinean institutions and suspends funding of highway project.

Dec. 3 - Camara is wounded in gun attack by his own soldiers. He is evacuated to hospital in Morocco for treatment of head wound. Defence Minister and deputy leader Sekouba Konate returns from trip abroad to take temporary control.

Jan. 6, 2010 - Konate says Camara will require medical attention for some time and, in move applauded across the world, says junta will accept prime minister drawn from opposition ranks.

Feb. 15 - Guinea announces caretaker government, unveiling a mix of civilian and military leaders.

May 20 - Guinea’s army says it will support whoever wins June presidential election and anyone trying to derail the vote will be crushed.

June 27 - Guinea holds first round of presidential election. Former Prime Minister Celou Dalien Diallo emerges ahead with 43.69 percent, followed by Alpha Conde with 18.25 percent. The two prepare for decisive Sept. 19 run-off.

Sept. 12 - One person is killed and dozens wounded in street fighting in Conakry between rival political factions. Authorities suspend campaigning for run-off.

Sept. 15 - Authorities announce postponement of vote after death from long illness of head of national election commission, triggering dispute over leadership of the body. A week later, a new date of Oct. 10 is proposed but falls by wayside as election body dispute continues.

Oct. 5 - Spokesman for presidency says new date of Oct. 24 has been proposed by CENI. A separate presidency official confirms that the date has been confirmed by junta leader Sekouba Konate -- in theory setting it in stone.

Oct. 19 - Malian General Siaka Toumany Sangare is appointed head of election commission to try to end leadership dispute which threatens to delay presidential run-off.

Oct. 23 - Security forces in Conakry fire live rounds to try to stop violence which also erupts in several other towns after election set for Oct. 24 is delayed indefinitely.

Nov. 7 - Second round finally goes ahead.

Nov. 15 - Opposition leader Alpha Conde is declared winner with 52.5 percent of the runoff vote, confirming he had succeeded in overhauling Diallo’s first round lead and cancelling out an alliance Diallo secured with the third-placed candidate. Rival Cellou Dalein Diallo is challenging the result in the Supreme Court.

Nov. 17 - A state of emergency is declared in Guinea as rival ethnic groups clash in parts of Conakry for a third day.

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