July 29th, 2011
12:59 PM ET
More than one hundred protestors representing opposing political parties in the African nation of Guinea chanted loudly Friday outside the White House in anticipation of Guinean President Alpha Conde's meeting with President Obama.
The White House called the president's meeting with President Conde and three other African nation presidents "an opportunity to underscore the administration's support support of emerging democracies."
Conde, a former political science professor, was elected in 2010 in an election many consider the country's first democratic vote. Up to that point Guinea had been governed by civilian authoritarian rulers for 50 years since the country's independence from French colonial rule in 1958.
Members of Guinea's opposition party, the Union of Democratic Forces, protested Conde's White House visit chanting and carrying signs calling for "Justice for victims in Guinea."
But across the plaza, outside the White House gates, counter protesters in support of President Conde loudly chanted and carried banners praising the new president and the democracy they say he brings to Guinea.
President Obama will meet with President Conde, President Boni Yayi of Benin, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, and President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire. The White House says the talks will center on building strong democratic institutions and economic development in their countries.