Guinea’s incumbent President Alpha Conde won the country’s second democratic election, but Guinea’s opposition parties have rejected the results and called for demonstrations. Bakary Fofana Fofana, the head of Guinea’s Independent National Electoral Commission, announced President Alpha Conde’s re-election victory late Saturday. Fofana said before the constitutional court’s final validation of the results, the electoral commission proclaims Conde as the winner in the first round of voting held last Sunday. Before the results were announced, Guinea’s main opposition leader and former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo announced he and the six other opposition candidates would reject them.
The candidates last week claimed widespread fraud in the voting. International observers have said the vote was free and fair, but they did criticize the electoral commission for poorly organizing the elections, saying some people waited hours to cast ballots.
In his statement, Diallo said he would not appeal the results in the constitutional court. He instead called for peaceful demonstrations.
About 12 people died in violence in the run-up to the polls. The streets of the capital Conakry were calm Sunday.
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