CONAKRY, Guinea — Guinean President Alpha Conde is trying to expand his decade in power from Sunday’s election, following the nation’s constitution has been changed earlier this year to permit the 82-year-old chief to run for another semester.
This is the next time that resistance leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, has conducted against Conde and that he warns that the president is attempting to rig the vote to remain in office in the West African country of 12.8 million.
The election competition already has inflamed ethnic tensions, prompting the United Nations leader to advocate Guineans to enlarge from cultural violence and profiling. The two chief candidates draw on their support in Guinea’s biggest cultural groups –the Malinke and also the Peuhl — and beyond electoral match-ups have witnessed bursts of intercommunal violence.
There were calls for safety forces to keep restraint: At least 50 people are killed over the last year, since protesters have shown against Conde’s electoral bid, according to Amnesty International.
In Mohamed Barry 1 School at the Ratoma area, Mamadou Bah had mobilized his whole family to flip out.
“One vote is a reduction for my own candidate. That is why all my kids and my two sisters are here in order to vote — I needed it,” he explained. “We will beg for Cellou Dalein to triumph. And he’ll be president .”
Lancey Dioubate stated that he had been encouraging the incumbent Conde’s quest for another semester.
“You understand, we have to give him time to finish his important jobs for Guinea, power particularly,” he explained.
Conde has insisted that the constitutional changes were approved by Republicans, denying that he’d completed a constitutional coup d’etat through a recent interview with Radio France Internationale.
Conde had spent years as an opposition figure beneath dictatorship and maintains he won the nation’s 1993 election.
“If I’d wanted to become president, I’d have obtained power back (with assistance from the army ) back in 1993,” he told RFI.
Many viewed his presidency as a new start for its mineral-rich nation flanked by years of corrupt, authoritarian principle.
Opponents, however, say he’s failed to improve the lifestyles of Guineans, many of whom reside in poverty regardless of the country’s vast mineral wealth. In his final campaign address, Diallo condemned the large unemployment and human rights abuses of the last decade.
“However, the heaviest burden was that of our branch,” he explained. “This ability, that was incapable of placing our society in the movement to make wealth, has attempted to pit us against one another, damaging our country.”
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has stated it’s”deeply worried” about election-related violence”