Guinea President Leading in Vote Results as Diallo Drops Out

  • Top opposition candidate says vote was marred by problems
  • Electoral commission to release more tallies of Oct. 11 vote

Guinea President Alpha Conde is ahead in a partial count of ballots from the Oct. 11 election, after the opposition rejected the vote as fraudulent and protesters clashed with security officers in the capital.

Conde leads in 24 of the 38 districts and Cellou Dalein Diallo has won five of them, according to the electoral commission. Diallo, the main opposition candidate, withdrew from the counting process on Wednesday, citing fraud. By late Thursday, a partial tabulation showed Conde won 1.96 million votes while Diallo received 878,266.

“The party confirms its rejection of results,” Diallo’s Union des Forces Republicaines de Guinee said in a statement handed to reporters. “The party repeats its determination to use all legal means including peaceful demonstrations.”

Protesters clashed with police on Wednesday, raising concern of escalating violence as the electoral commission prepares to release the final results. The election was only the second democratic one since 1958. Guinea holds the world’s biggest reserves of bauxite.

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