Guinea President Conde, 82, wins landslide re-election victory - preliminary results

24 Octobre, 2020, 17:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • One killed in clashes as Guinea awaits result of presidential election

His main rival, opposition politician Cellou Dalein Diallo - who claimed victory before the publication of the results - received 33.5 percent of the vote, according to the electoral authority.

"We are. continuing to closely monitor developments on the ground".

Conde's attempt to secure a third term in office has been the subject of contentious debate in the country, as opponents argue it is in violation of the law, which imposes a two term limit on the President. "We have the evidence of the fraud and we will challenge all of this in the Constitutional Court", said Diallo spokesman Aliou Condé, without providing any evidence.

Celebrations by his supporters were suppressed when security forces fired tear gas to disperse them.

Diallo was formerly a prime minister under authoritarian leader Lansana Conte.

Friday's violence follows a series of clashes on Thursday in which four were killed, security minister Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters.

He said Diallo's home was being guarded for "security reasons", without elaborating.

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Cities across the West African nation have been plagued by violence that has left around 10 people dead since Monday, according to authorities.

In other parts of the country, clashes broke out in the towns of Pita, Labe and Mali.

Five people were killed on the outskirts of Conakry on Friday, when a train carrying fuel was attacked after the rail tracks were sabotaged.

Rusal said in a statement that supporters of an opposition candidate blocked the railway tracks and road it used to move bauxite, an aluminium ore, to port but traffic had since resumed. His election raised hopes for democratic progress in the country but critics say he has stifled dissent.

Conde, a former opposition activist who spent decades in exile, became the country's first democratically-elected president in 2010, and was re-elected in 2015.

Internet and phone access were severely disrupted on Friday, residents and digital rights groups said.

A spokeswoman for Orange Guinea said the network's connection to the internet had been "cut at the point of access".

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