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article imageGuinea: Cellou Diallo leading

By Gibril Koroma     Nov 13, 2010 in Politics
Conakry - Despite the fact that he is currently leading in the polls, Guinean politician Cellou Dalein Diallo has called on the country's electoral commission to suspend further announcement of results until irregularities could be looked into.
At a a press conference today in the capital, Conakry, Cellou, pictured, and his supporters accused his opponent, Alpha Conde of stuffing ballots in many polling stations around the country, an accusation Conde also throws at him.
Tension is rapidly mounting in the country is rapidly mounting in the country and diplomats including American ambassador Patricia Moller (see video) have been meeting with Guinean leaders including General Sekouba Konate the current military leader who has just postponed a planned medical trip to Morocco.
A Guinean media report states that Alpha Condé currently has 704,490 out of 1,460,809 votes already counted (48.23%) while Cellou D. Diallo has 756,319 out of the same number of votes- 1,460,809 (51.77%)
Votes from 35.27% of registered voters ( 4,142,000) have already been counted.
CENI, the Guinean electoral commission, has announced that it has received many complaints and protests and would look into those that fall within its mandate and refer those that do not to the country's supreme court. Election results are expected to be announced by Monday, latest Tuesday. There are however speclations that they might even be announced as early as tomorrow, Sunday, November 14.
This is the first attempt at democratic elections in Guinea since the country gained its independence from France in 1958. The first president, Ahmed Sekou Toure, ruled the country with an iron fist in a one-party dictatorship until his death in 1984, to be replaced by another dictator General Lansana Conte who took power in a coup d'etat almost immediately after Toure's death.
Conte died in 2008 and another military officer, Captain Moussa Daudis Camara took over in another coup. He, in turn, was shot in the head by one of his bodyguards in December 2009 and was replaced by the current military strong man General Sekouba Konate, who, under immense local and international pressure, has agreed to hand over power to a democratically elected leader. A leader that would probably be announced to the world next Tuesday.
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