Alpha Condé wins the Guinean presidential election with 59% of the vote ~ #AFP:

Outgoing Guinean President Alpha Condé won the October 18 presidential election with 59.49% of the vote, winning a controversial third term, according to provisional results announced on Saturday by the electoral commission.

His main challenger, Cellou Dalein Diallo, who proclaimed himself the winner of the presidential election before the results were published, won 33.5% of the vote, according to the committee.

A strong police presence was visible in the capital Conakry during this announcement, noted an AFP journalist. In recent days, Guinea has experienced an escalation of post-election violence which has left at least a dozen dead.

The possibility of a third consecutive term of Mr. Condé, 82, provoked for a year a protest in which dozens of civilians were killed, raising fears of an eruption around the vote, in a country customary of bloody political confrontations .

Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo on November 7, 2019 in Conakry

Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo on November 7, 2019 in Conakry

In March, the outgoing president presented a new Constitution in which he undertook to modernize the country but which also made it possible to no longer limit the successive terms of presidents to two.

Aged 68, Mr. Diallo, beaten by Mr. Condé in 2010 and 2015, proclaimed his victory on Monday based on the data reported by his supporters sent to the polling stations not to rely on the commission election and the Constitutional Court, subservient to power according to him. He claimed 53% of the vote.

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Source: VOA-AFP.

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