Guinea opposition demands presidential vote be annulled


CONAKRY: Guinea’s opposition on Monday called for a re-run of the weekend’s first-round presidential vote, condemning the ballot as fraudulent even before the results were in and pledging to take to the streets in protest. Voters appeared to have turned out in massive numbers for Sunday’s ballot, which was only the second democratic presidential election in the West African country since independence in 1958. “We cannot accept this ballot, we request it be annulled. We will not accept the results of this vote,” opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo said at a press conference also attended by the six other candidates challenging incumbent President Alpha Conde. Despite clashes between Conde and Diallo supporters in the final days of the campaign that left a dozen people dead, voting was peaceful though the opposition complained about logistical problems.



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