Black Star Journal
Commentary on the news, culture, sports and current events of sub-Saharan Africa from someone who's lived there.
The author served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa.
All essays are available for re-print, with the explicit permission of the author. Contact him at mofycbsj @ yahoo.com
Monday, November 29, 2010
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A West African view of the situation in Guinea
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Long-time opposition leader becomes first democratically elected president of Guinea
RPG candidate Alpha Conde has been elected president of Guinea, according to the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). Conde won 52.5% of the vote in the long-delayed presidential runoff as compared to 47.5% for former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo.
The result is a bit of a surprise since Diallo gained nearly 43.7% of the vote in the first round while Conde garnered less than 18.3%.
It is not yet clear whether Diallo's supporters will accept the results, as his UFDG party withdrew from vote counting on Sunday after the CENI refused to disqualify results from two Conde strongholds contested by Diallo.
A long-time opposition leader, Conde was exiled during much of the regime of Guinea's first dictator Sekou Toure and was imprisoned by Toure's successor Lansana Conte.
After gunshots were heard in Conakry following the announcement of Conde's victory, Diallo made a public appeal for calm.