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Guinea officials have said the country’s border with Senegal and Guinea-Bissau have been closed ahead of the general elections.

Officials in government said the closure was for security reasons as citizens prepare to vote on October 18.

Guinea-Bissau’s Interior Minister, Botche Cande was quoted by AFP as saying that the border had been closed since Sunday.

Guinea’s constitutional court this month approved 82-year-old President Alpha Condé’s third term bid.

The court also gave the green light to 11 other candidates, including the main opposition challenger Cellou Dalein Diallo.

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There have been months of protests against Mr Condé’s re-election bid which has led to the death of more than 30 Guineans.

The protests were triggered by constitutional change in a referendum in March which allowed him to stand for a third term.

The Guinean leader has said that his candidacy for President is because of young people and women.

Mr Condé was first elected in 2010 and got re-elected in 2015.

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Some ECOWAS leaders at a recent meeting criticized the decision of some colleagues to run for third terms.

 

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Source: Africafeeds.com

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