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US News Condé declared the winner of the presidential election in Guinea

20:25  24 october  2020
20:25  24 october  2020 Source:   dw.com

Presidential in Guinea: access to the center of Conakry blocked, an officer killed

 Presidential in Guinea: access to the center of Conakry blocked, an officer killed © JOHN WESSELS The center of Conakry, October 12, 2020 Guinea was living through the last hours of a feverish electoral campaign on Friday, the security forces blocking access to central Conakry for unknown reasons, while a senior officer was killed in a military camp east of the capital. No official explanation was obtained for the establishment of roadblocks blocking access to the Kaloum district, where the Guinean decision-making centers are located.

Less than a week after the presidential election in Guinea, incumbent Alpha Condé was declared the winner. With a constitutional amendment, the 82-year-old made his candidacy possible.

Alpha Condé bei einem Wahlkampf-Auftritt kurz vor der Abstimmung © John Wessels / AFP Alpha Condé at an election campaign appearance shortly before the vote

According to the preliminary result, incumbent Alpha Condé won the presidential election in Guinea with 59.5 percent of the vote, according to the electoral commission in the capital of Conakry . His main rival, Cellou Dalein Diallo, received 33.5 percent. Diallo had already declared himself the election winner on Monday, which the election commission immediately rejected. Subsequently, there were clashes between Diallo supporters and security forces. At least nine people were killed.

Guinea: dissensions within the Ceni on the eve of the presidential election

 Guinea: dissensions within the Ceni on the eve of the presidential election © DR Headquarters of the Ceni in Conakry, Guinea. Guineans are called to the polls tomorrow Sunday to elect the next President of the Republic. In the running, outgoing President Alpha Condé, candidate for a third term after the controversial adoption of a new Constitution. In front of him, eleven competitors, including his main opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo.

Opposition speaks of falsification

After the announcement of the election results, the opposition announced that they would contest it. Immediately after the vote, she accused the ruling party of forgery.

Oppositionskandidat Cellou Dalein Diallo (M) erklärte, das Ergebnis anzufechten (Archivbild) © Sadak Souici / Zuma / picture-alliance Opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo (M) declared that he was contesting the result (archive image)

The mood in the country remained tense on Saturday after the government had deployed soldiers the previous day to ensure order worry and prevent further excesses. According to the government, supporters of the opposition had erected barricades, burned tires and attacked civilians. There were also clashes with the police.

Condé, who has been in office since 2010, was only able to run for a third term after a controversial constitutional amendment. So far, the presidents in the West African country were only allowed two terms. Heavy protests followed, in which numerous people were killed. Accordingly, the election took place amid great tension.

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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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