Alpha Condé on tour, Cellou Dalein Diallo blocked

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Guinean President Alpha Condé, a candidate for re-election, embarked on a surprise tour of the interior of the country on Sunday, October 11, while the procession of opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, who was due to hold a meeting in Kankan, was blocked. , on the basis of violence.

The election campaign is accelerating in Guinea a week before the October 18 presidential election. And to start his trip, Alpha Condé chose Forest Guinea. A tour of two races with two meetings this Sunday, one in Nzérékoré, the other in Lola. A surprise trip also because the coronavirus pandemic so far requires the head of state to hold a meeting with video conference from Conakry.

The method has changed, but not the discourse. As is often the case, Alpha Condé is primarily aimed at women and young people. For a large audience, which mostly did not wear masks, the president also insisted on emphasizing it: “The disease must be taken seriously”.

Cellou Dallein Diallos recorded blocked

The atmosphere was very different in Kankan, the traditional stronghold of the ruling party. Opponent Cellou Dallein Diallo, who had planned to hold a meeting there on Sunday, had to give it up. According to his party, his march was blocked on the road about a hundred kilometers from the city by minibuses filled with supporters of President Alpa Condé, but also tree trunks. He finally decided to return.

Violent clashes ensued in Kankan between supporters of the two camps with damage and dozens of shops looted. Guinea’s security minister Albert Damatang Camara has denied police involvement in the incident.

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