December 7, 2010 / 9:25 AM / in 8 years

Guinea reopens air and sea borders, eases curfew

* Air, sea borders reopen, curfew shortened - PM

* Conakry quiet since court ratifies vote result Dec. 2

By Saliou Samb

CONAKRY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Guinea has reopened its air and sea borders and has shortened an overnight curfew in a sign stability was returning to the West African state after elections marred by street violence.

“The government has decided to reopen all borders with the exception of land borders,” Prime Minister Jean-Marie Dore said late on Monday via state television.

“Meanwhile, the government has reset curfew hours to 10 pm to 6 am, instead of 6 pm to 6 am,” he said.

Guinea’s capital Conakry has been calm since the Supreme Court validated elections results on Dec. 2 showing veteran opposition leader Alpha Conde as the victor of a hotly contested run-off against rival Cellou Dalein Diallo.

The election was Guinea’s first free poll since independence from France in 1958 and was meant to draw a line under almost two years of military rule in the world’s top exporter of the aluminum ore bauxite.

Clashes between security forces and Diallo supporters killed at least 10 people and injured more than 200 since provisional results from the Nov. 7 poll were announced in mid-November, according to one human rights group.

President-elect Alpha Conde has said he plans to set up a truth and reconciliation commission to address the election violence as well as the country’s decades of ethnically and politically driven human rights abuses.

He has also offered to include Diallo allies in a government of national unity in a move aimed at soothing tensions.

Stability could provide legal certainty for major investments by mining firms like Rio Tinto and Vale in Guinea’s bauxite and iron ore riches. (Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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