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US News Presidential in Guinea: clashes in Conakry before the end of the official vote count

23:55  19 october  2020
23:55  19 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Guinea: opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo prevented from campaigning amid violence

 Guinea: opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo prevented from campaigning amid violence © Supplied by France 24 The UFDG convoy was blocked by men wearing yellow t-shirts while he was traveling to Kankan (left), and houses in a predominantly Fulani neighborhood were set on fire in Kankan (right) on October 11. Facebook screenshots. With less than a week to go before the presidential election, the campaign on the ground was tense again on Sunday, October 12 in Guinea.

Clashes between opposing political parties in Guinea 's capital, Conakry have left one person dead and at least 50 injured. The fighting between supporters of former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo and the opposition leader, Alpha Conde, came a week before the second round of the presidential

Guinea 's 82-year-old President Alpha Conde is seeking reelection after a change in Guinea 's constitution allowed for him to run for a third term. Earlier in the day, Guineans lined up to cast their vote in the country's capital of Conakry . Heavy rainfall overnight caused some other voting stations

Des heurts ont éclaté aux alentours du domicile de l'opposant Cellou Dalein Diallo qui a revendiqué sa victoire à la présidentielle ce lundi 19 octobre 2020. © RFI / Carol Valade Clashes erupted around the home of the opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo who claimed his victory in the presidential election on Monday 19 October 2020.

In Guinea, the compilation of the results of the first round of the presidential election continues. The Céni recalled that it was the only one empowered to announce the results and warned the candidates, but despite this, clashes erupted in the Guinean capital after Cellou Dalein Diallo claimed victory this afternoon.

With our correspondent in Conakry, Carol Valade

From the party's headquarters in the Minière district in the outskirts of Conakry to Cellou Dalein Diallo's home, the detonations and clouds of tear gas very quickly covered the cries of joy and smoky motorcycles procession.

Alpha Condé mobilizes in his stronghold of Upper Guinea

 Alpha Condé mobilizes in his stronghold of Upper Guinea © C. Valade / RFI Alpha Condé meeting in Kankan during his campaign for the presidential election, October 13, 2020. The President of the Republic, candidate for a third term in the presidential election this Sunday continues its tour in the interior of the country. After Forest Guinea Alpha Condé won Tuesday, October 13 the region of Upper Guinea considered the bastion of his party the RPG.

Presidential elections were held in Guinea on 18 October 2020. Incumbent president Alpha Condé is running for a third term. He was challenged by former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo

Politics of Guinea takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Guinea is both head of state and head of government of Guinea . Executive power is exercised by the government.

In pro-opposition neighborhoods, UFDG supporters took to the streets in large numbers. The gendarmes are deployed at the main crossroads and the situation is tense in places with smoke rising in the sky near the Hamdallaye roundabout.

Moments earlier, the president of the UFDG, the opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo announced that his own tally gave him the winner in the presidential election.

The Ceni "regrets" Diallo's statements

No official results have yet been announced. The Ceni says it "regrets" the opponent's statements and continues to centralize the results, according to its spokesperson Mamadi 3 Kaba. It will publish the provisional results within 72 hours of receiving the last minutes.

“Regrets” also on the side of the ruling party, whose leader of the parliamentary group Aly Kaba denounces an “act of provocation”. "We have republican institutions which will know how to react" he declared.

Guinea: Conakry under high security, mediation in progress .
© JOHN WESSELS Guinean police officers in front of demonstrators, October 21 in Conakry The police were still deployed in large numbers on Monday in Conakry, where the he atmosphere remained tense as international mediation continues after the post-electoral violence that followed the contested re-election of outgoing President Alpha Condé, according to AFP journalists and witnesses.

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