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World Heavy police presence in Guinea's capital as envoys mediate

00:11  27 october  2020
00:11  27 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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International envoys met Guinea's leading opposition politician and government officials Monday to discuss the country's disputed election amid heightened security in the restive capital.

a group of people walking on a beach: Opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo's self-proclaimed victory at Guinea's presidential election on October 18, 2020 led to a week of clashes between supporters and security forces across the West African nation (Conakry pictured October 23, 2020) © JOHN WESSELS Opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo's self-proclaimed victory at Guinea's presidential election on October 18, 2020 led to a week of clashes between supporters and security forces across the West African nation (Conakry pictured October 23, 2020)

President Alpha Conde, 82, won a hotly contested October 18 election according to official results announced Saturday, setting the stage for a controversial third term.

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 Presidential in Guinea: five million voters called to the polls in a contested ballot © C. Valade / RFI Preparations for the vote in Matoto (Conakry) for the double ballot on March 22 in Guinea. Twelve candidates are in the running, including outgoing president Alpha Condé, who is seeking a contested third term, and his main opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo. The key elements of this election. With our correspondent in Conakry, Moctar Bah Even if the vote takes place throughout the country, from 8 am to 6 pm, many Guineans in the diaspora will not be able to speak.

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But his main opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, disputes the results. He claimed victory last week, citing data his activists gathered at individual polling stations.

Diallo's self-proclaimed victory led to a week of clashes between supporters and security forces across the West African nation, in which the government says around 10 people died.

The opposition says 27 people were killed in the unrest. AFP was unable to confirm either death toll, however.

A diplomatic delegation from the United Nations, African Union and the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States landed in Guinea Sunday in the aftermath of the unrest.

The envoys -- who include ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and the UN special representative to West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas -- met several ministers and government officials Monday.

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An ECOWAS official in Conakry said they also spoke with representatives of Guinea's electoral commission and foreign diplomats.

Diallo told AFP that the envoys met him too, at his Conakry home which police have blockaded for days.

Anti-Conde protests were due to resume in the city early Monday and many shops stayed shut, but few people ended up hitting the streets in the end.

"In my neighbourhood, people say they are waiting to see the outcome of the joint mission," said a suburban resident who declined to be named.

Scars from the unrest were apparent in the Conakry neighbourhood of Wanindara -- an opposition stronghold -- with burned-out vehicles lying on the roadside.

Mohamed Saliou Camara, whose house was torched, said Conde and Diallo supporters had clashed in the area.

Much of the turbulence centres on a third term for Alpha Conde, whom opponents accuse of drifting into authoritarianism.

He pushed through a new constitution in March which he argued would modernise the country. But it also allowed him to bypass a two-term limit for presidents.

Guinea: Alpha Condé responds to his detractors .
© Carol Valadee / RFI (illustration) Alpha Condé here in a meeting in Kissidougou in Forest Guinea, October 12, 2020. The Guinean president, Alpha Condé, carried out, yesterday Friday, his second official outing since the controversial October 18 poll, where he ran for a third term along with 11 other candidates. Ballot which he won according to the figures of the Electoral Commission.

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