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Alpha Condé, re-elected as President of Guinea-Conakry

A woman walks in front of some broken streetlights in Conakry during the incidents of the last days under an Alpha Condé electoral poster, on 23 October.JOHN WESSELS / AFP

The president of Guinea-Conakry, Alpha Condé, has won the elections in his country with 59.49% of the votes, compared to 33.50% of his rival, Cellou Dalein Diallo, according to the results announced this Saturday by the commission electoral (CENI). This resounding victory allows Condé to avoid a second round and continue as president for a third term, although the opposition leader has announced the filing of an appeal before the Constitutional Court considering that there has been fraud. At least 10 people have died since Sunday according to the Government, about 30 according to the opposition, in clashes between forces of order and protesters who demanded the victory of Diallo.

The proclamation of the victory of Alpha Condé, 82 years old, in power since 2010, comes at a time of maximum tension of the crisis and clashes in the streets of the capital, Conakry, and other cities. To try to silence these protests, the Government has mobilized the Army and since Friday morning there has been a total blockade of the Internet and social networks. The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution, a civil society platform that led the protests against a third term prohibited by the Constitution, has announced the call for new demonstrations starting this Monday and “until the departure of the dictator Alpha Count”.

Although Fatou Bensouda, a prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, has warned political actors in Guinea that he is closely following events on the ground and called for “an end to violence,” the truth is that the reaction of the international community It has been lukewarm thus far. The observation missions of the Economic Community of West African States (Cedeao) and the African Union (AU) endorsed the voting day, which took place without major incidents and in a peaceful manner, but as soon as the polls closed, the results began to be drawn. contours of a post-election crisis announced.

The opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, who had already faced Condé in two previous elections, proclaimed himself the winner with 53% of the votes from that same Monday and based on the results provided by his own auditors, without wait for the data of an electoral commission which it considers delegitimized to arbitrate in this process due to its “partiality”. Diallo’s words sparked the first celebratory marches of the opposition that faced the forces of order. The Government asked the opposition to be restrained and to refrain from proclaiming unconfirmed results by the only body authorized to do so.

The CENI then decided to counterattack and began to publish every day a trickle of partial results that announced, from the first moments, Condé’s victory, which was confirmed this Saturday. Under the threat of judicial persecution, forces of order surrounded Diallo’s house in Conakry and penetrated the headquarters of the opposition party, the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), according to Diallo himself, who saw how a new one was being forged. electoral defeat that he considers a “total fraud” by the Government.