Alpha Conde wins third term in office in controversial Guinean presidential election

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President  Alpha Conde has secured a third term in office by winning Guinea’s controversial presidential election with 59.5 percent of the vote. 

The electoral authority president Kabinet Cisse said Conde’s main opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo polled 33.5 percent of the vote.

The announcement on Saturday October 24, came after days of deadly violence in the wake of the October 18 vote. While the opposition said 27 people have been killed, officials have put the death toll at about 10.

Doubting the independence of the electoral authority, Diallo had on Monday October 19 declared himself victorious before the results were announced. This triggered confrontations between his supporters and security forces.

In an interview with DW’s French for Africa Service, Alpha Souleymane Ba Fisher a lawmaker from the ruling RPG party, accused opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo of stoking unnecessary political tension.

Fisher said; 

“He invited his activists to take to the streets and attack people so that the country would fall into chaos.”

In 2010, Conde became Guinea’s first democratically elected leader after decades of military rule. He was re-elected in 2015. Before becoming President, Conde had been a long-standing opposition figure who was jailed and exiled for his views against Guinea’s military government.

Diallo on the other hand, is a former prime minister who also finished runner-up to Conde in the 2010 and 2015 elections.

18 Comments

  1. Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone and every once in a while we are lucky enough to get a second chance to show it but juat make us proud congratulation to new office

  2. Why do Africa always want to remain in power by force? Can’t we conduct free and fair election? It’s a shame on Africa just to remain in power by force.

  3. African leaders are just like flies which they want to die inside beer. Position that you are holding which is not benefit to the people of your town then will just want to run for that position again because of your personal interest. It’s very bad.

  4. Don’t we have conscience anymore? Is he the only one in the country? Why is that we can’t conduct any free and fair election in Africa? May God have mercy on us.

  5. When you are a good man…. your work we show it, you can not address people you are a good person but your did Will tell. He won the third term in office which can never happen in Nigeria. If our leader in Nigeria win first term election, they will not do what we expect or what they promised, so how can we even think to choose them for the second term talk of the third term, our democracy will not even accept it.

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