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Guinea Election: 82-year-old Alpha Condé heads to victory

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

Guinea’s President, Alpha Condé is heading to victory in the recently held presidential elections.

Preliminary results of Sunday’s election shows that the 82-year-old leader is set for a first round victory.

On Thursday the election commission released another set of results showing that Alpha Conde is the clear leader in the race.

According to results from 37 out of 38 electoral districts, Mr. Conde has a lead of 1.2 million votes, Reuters news agency reports.

His main challenger, the opposition candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, has however decried what he calls large-scale fraud.

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Diallo had hours after voting declared himself the winner, an action that sparked violence leading to the death of at least ten people.

President Condé has however called for calm as the country awaits the official election results.

Diallo, 68 is a former prime minister who lost to Mr Condé in both 2010 and 2015 elections.

The African Union monitors say the vote was conducted properly and that endorsement gives little room for the opposition to push further with claims of fraud.

National results are expected later this week though with the winner expected to obtain more than 50 percent of votes.

Alpha Conde, 82, sparked agitations when he pushed through a new constitution which he argued would modernize the country.

The changes to the constitution allowed him to bypass a two-term limit for presidents in order to seek a third term.


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