World Guinea's Conde wins presidency with 59.5% of vote
In Guinea, ethnicity a complex voting factor
In Wanindara, a predominantly Fulani suburb of Guinea's capital Conakry, few say they will vote for Alpha Conde, the 82-year-old bidding for a controversial third presidential term on Sunday. Diallo, his main challenger on Sunday, is an ethnic Fulani who was instrumental in organising opposition to Conde's third term, and who retains strong support in Wanindara. Conde's RPG party is largely backed by the Malinke people, and Diallo's UFDG by Fulani, although both insist that they are pluralist.
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea's President Alpha Conde won the Oct. 18 election with 59.5% of the vote, according to a full preliminary tally from the election commission on Saturday.
The victory, which requires confirmation by the Constitutional Court, gives a third term in office to the 82-year-old Conde after a bitterly fought election in which the opposition said he had no right to participate.
Conde says a constitutional referendum in March reset his two-term limit, but opponents say he is breaking the law by holding onto power.
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It’s rare for women to run for president in Guinea, where the last two elections were dominated by the same men who are vying for the presidency on Sunday.That hasn’t stopped Makalé Traoré, 59, from trying to persuade voters to back her campaign, which has won praise locally for its clear policy proposals to reduce the uneven distribution of wealth in a country with some of the world’s largest iron-ore and bauxite reserves. “I bring a credible governance program to the table,” Traoré said in an interview. “Women have held important positions throughout our country’s history and the fact that I’m a woman –- a competent woman -- is not an obstacle for voters.
Results were announced in batches in recent days, and already showed Conde with an unassailable lead, sparking street protests in opposition strongholds in which at least 17 died.
Opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, Conde's nearest rival with 33.5% of the vote, said he has evidence of fraud and plans to file a complaint with the constitutional court.
Under the law, complaints must be filed within eight days of the preliminary results.
Conde, a former opposition leader who was sentenced to death in 1970 by Marxist President Sekou Toure, finally won the top job in 2010. His election raised hopes for democratic progress but critics say he has stifled dissent.
Diallo, 68, is a former prime minister who also finished runner-up to Conde in the 2010 and 2015 elections.
(Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Edward McAllister; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)
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