Guinea’s opposition chief declares victory within the president’s vote

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Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, introduced with out ready for Guinea’s electoral authority to launch the official determine from Sunday’s presidential election.

Guinea’s foremost opposition chief Cellou Dalein Diallo has declared that he received a extremely controversial presidential election towards the present Alpha Conde, who’s looking for a controversial third time period.

“Regardless of the irregularities which might be marching the vote on October 18 … I’ll win,” he informed a information convention within the capital, Conakry, on Monday.

Nonetheless, Bakary Mansare, the vp of the Electoral Fee, informed AFP that Diallo’s victory declare was “untimely” and “invalid”.

The transfer got here after the opposition chief – the largest candidate amongst 11 candidates difficult the 82-year-old Conde – had recommended the president would “cheat” his strategy to energy.

Diallo’s celebration activists additionally mentioned they’d conduct their very own vote depend in mistrust of the independence of the nationwide electoral authority.

Prime Minister Kassory Fofana mentioned such a tactic was tantamount to pouring “oil on the hearth.”

Guinea has been rocked by months of political unrest, pushed by opposition to a 3rd time period.

Guinea votes in tense elections as ruler seeks a 3rd time period

Mass demonstrations

The president pushed by way of a brand new structure in March that he claimed would modernize the nation. Nevertheless it additionally allowed him to bypass a two-time time period in workplace.

Safety forces suppressed mass demonstrations towards a 3rd interval of Conde, through which dozens of protesters have been killed.

The marketing campaign that led to the presidential vote within the first spherical this weekend was additionally marked by a number of violent incidents.

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It additionally raised the specter of ethnic strife with Conde accused of exploiting divisions for electoral functions – an accusation he denies.

Guinea’s insurance policies are primarily drawn alongside ethnic strains: the president’s base is usually from the ethnic Malinke group and Diallo’s from the Fulani individuals.

In accordance with Prime Minister Fofana, official voting outcomes are anticipated to be launched inside every week. If vital, one other spherical is scheduled for November twenty fourth.

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Supply: AFP

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