Guinea elections: Alpha Condé faces Cellou Dalein Diallo again

Guinea elections: Alpha Condé faces Cellou Dalein Diallo again



Voters in Guinea are casting their ballots in a disputable political race which sees President Alpha Condé, 82, looking for a third term.


The day began with hefty downpour however when it halted; long queues began framing before surveying stations.


Mr Condé disregarded pundits to push for a difference in constitution that permitted him to expand his stay in office.


His fundamental challenger is Cellou Dalein Diallo, who he has twice crushed.


Ethnic conflicts during the mission have raised apprehensions of cross country brutality if the outcomes are questioned.


The legislature has shut the fringes with some neighboring nations, refering to security reasons.


Some 5.4 million voters eligible to vote. Results are not expected for several days.


Candidates need more than 50% of the vote for outright victory; or there will be a second round on 24 November.


Ten other candidates are also running, while some opposition groups have called for a boycott.




Guinea elections: Alpha Condé faces Cellou Dalein Diallo again



Fears of military divisions

Guinea has been beset by authoritarian and military rule since independence.


There have been some fears that the army might be getting involved in politics again.

On Friday, the minister of defence issued a statement saying that a group of soldiers had entered a military camp in Kindia; a city 130km (80 miles) east of the capital Conakry, and killed its commander, Col Mamady Condé.


Some reports spoke of an army mutiny, but the authorities later said they were in control and that a search was under way to find the soldiers.



Guinea elections: Alpha Condé faces Cellou Dalein Diallo again



Five things about Guinea:

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  • Independence leader Sékou Touré told France in 1958: “Guinea prefers poverty in freedom than riches in slavery”
  • “Black power” civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael moved from the US to Guinea in 1968, with his then-wife, the singer Miriam Makeba, becoming a life-long proponent of pan-Africanism

  • It has the world’s biggest reserves of bauxite – the main source of aluminium
  • Its Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is known for its viviparous toad and chimpanzees that use stones as tools
  • Singer Mory Kanté, famous for the 1980s hit Yéké Yéké, came from a well-known Guinean family of griots, or praise-singers

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Who is Alpha Condé?

Mr Condé was a veteran opposition leader who finally won elections in 2010; marking the first genuinely democratic handover in Guinea since independence.




A supporter for the current president and presidential candidate, Guinea President Alpha Conde



He served jail time for challenging General Lansana Conté; who ruled from 1984 to his death in 2008.


He has campaigned on his economic record and prospects that Simandou; one of the world’s largest untapped iron-ore deposits, might finally be exploited – creating thousands of jobs.


But critics say that any economic growth has not filtered down to the bulk of the population.


Power cuts are common and many young Guineans are unable to find work.


The opposition disputes this and street protests have led to dozens of deaths over the past year.




Guinea elections: Alpha Condé faces Cellou Dalein Diallo again



Who is his main challenger?

Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, a former prime minister, is the only formidable opponent.


He lost to Mr Condé in both 2010 and 2015; although he says both elections were marred by widespread fraud.



Cellou Dalein Diallo


He is an individual from the Peul, or Fulani, people group.


Despite the fact that they are Guinea’s biggest ethnic gathering; the nation has never had a Peul president and numerous ethnic Peuls state they have confronted segregation; going back to the times of President Sékou Touré, when thousands fled the nation.


Mr Condé is generally sponsored by individuals from his Malinké people group; just as the nation’s third significant ethnic gathering, the Soussous.


Mr Diallo and other resistance figures in the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC); had promised to blacklist a political decision which they felt would never be reasonable.


However, toward the beginning of September, Mr Diallo broke with the FNDC, reporting that he would pursue all.











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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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