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article imageGuinea: New electoral commissioner appointed

By Gibril Koroma     Oct 19, 2010 in Politics
A new electoral commissioner has been appointed in the West African country of Guinea to supervise the upcoming polls on Sunday October 24.
He is General Siaka Toumany Sangare, pictured, a citizen of neighbouring Mali. The appointment was announced by the country current military leader General Sekouba Konate, seen in the video addressing the press earlier this year. Konate said he made the appointment after consulting major stakeholders, both foreign and local.
Cellou Diallo, who got 44 percent of the vote in the first round of the election last June said earlier this week that he and his party will not take part in the election if Louceny Camara, the just replaced head of the Guinean electoral commission is not removed. He says Camara is a staunch supporter of his rival Alpha Conde, who got 18 percent of the vote in the first round.
The former electoral commissioner that supervised the first round, Ben Sekou Sylla, recently died in a Paris hospital after several months of ill health probably accelerated by his conviction for fraud and the resulting national disgrace.
Alpha Conde, for his part, says he and his party will not take part if Camara, the new commissioner is removed. It remains to be seen whether he will go ahead with this threat now that Camara has been removed.
The second round, which would determine the next president, has been postponed twice already.
Guinea is the world's number one exporter of iron ore. It's also rich in bauxite and a vast amount of agricultural products but remains one of the poorest countries on earth.
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