World Ten killed in Guinea’s post-election violence
Old foes: Guinea's president and his 'technocrat' election rival
After 10 years in power, Guinea's 82-year-old president is running for a third term on Sunday, defying tens of thousands of protesters who flooded the streets to try to stop him. A former opposition leader who was once once sentenced to death by an autocrat, critics say Alpha Conde is himself drifting into authoritarianism by plotting to extend his grip on power. In March, he pushed through a revamped constitution that he said would modernise the country, but which opponents cast as a ploy to stay in office beyond the two-term presidential limit.
Eight civilians and two policemen were killed in Guinea’s capital Conakry in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters after a tense presidential election with results showing President Alpha Conde in the lead.
Guinea’s security ministry announced the death toll on Wednesday following last weekend’s vote.
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“This strategy of chaos [was] orchestrated to jeopardise the elections of October 18,” the ministry said in a statement, adding numerous people were wounded in the unrest, without providing a specific figure.
Opposition supporters burned barricades in the streets on Wednesday after initial results showed Conde ahead in vote-counting.
“At least three people died today [Wednesday] that I saw with my own eyes … and about 10 others were wounded,” Mamadou Keganan Doumbouya, a security official, told AFP news agency.
Hadjiratou Barry, a resident of an area where clashes were taking place, also said her brother had been shot dead. A local doctor, who declined to be named, said he received two dead bodies and nine injured people at his clinic.
Guinea votes as president, 82, seeks third term
A divisive new constitution allows Alpha Condé to stand again, amid political and ethnic tensions.The already bitterly divided West African country was gripped by tension on Friday after gunmen killed a senior army officer in a military camp.
Supporters of Conde’s main rival, Cellou Dalein Diallo, set alight piles of old furniture and burned tyres in some opposition neighbourhoods of Conakry. Police dispersed protesters with tear gas.
“Clashes broke out on the Prince’s Road. A policeman was killed,” Security Minister Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters news agency, referring to a major thoroughfare in the capital that runs through opposition strongholds.
Diallo has claimed victory in the vote based on his campaign’s tallies.
The push for a third term for Conde, 82, has sparked repeated protests over the past year, resulting in dozens of deaths. He says a constitutional referendum in March reset his two-term limit; his opponents say he is breaking the law by holding onto power.
In a social media post, Conde on Wednesday appealed for “calm and serenity while awaiting the outcome of the electoral process”.
How long it could take to count the vote this year, explained .
Some swing states are expected to tally results relatively quickly. Others not so much.The pandemic and historic levels of mail-in voting mean that we have reason to expect that certain states will be very, very slow to count their votes this year — while others will be at least relatively quicker.