Conde Wins Second Term in Disputed Guinea Presidential Vote

Guinean President Alpha Conde was declared the winner in the country’s Oct. 11 presidential election, a result widely disputed by the opposition.

Conde, 77, won a second five-year term with about 58 percent of the vote, enough to avoid the need for a run-off, said Bakary Fofana, president of the electoral commission, who termed the results “provisional.”

Opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo received 1.24 million votes, or about 31 percent of eligible voters, Fofana told diplomats, members of parties and reporters gathered in Conakry, the Guinean capital.

“President Alpha Conde having obtained the majority of the vote, and waiting for proclamation of the definitive results by the Constitutional court, the Electoral Commission proclaims Alpha Conde elected in the first round of the Presidential election,” said Fofana.

A total of 4.1 million votes were cast from about 6 million registered voters in the West African nation, a participation rate of about 68 percent.

Guinea’s Constitutional Court has eight days to receive and judge complaints from the candidates before proclaiming the definitive results, Mohamed Camara, a jurist and political analyst, said in an interview Saturday.

Seven other candidates, including Diallo, have said the vote was marked by fraud. “The vote was a masquerade organized by the election body and the administration to declare Alpha Conde the winner,” Diallo said in a statement.

The election was only the second democratic one in Guinea since 1958, following one in 2010 that was marred by widespread violence and several deaths.

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