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82-year-old Alpha Condé wins third term as Guinea President

KEY POINTS

  • Guinea's electoral commission indicated the 82-year-old had taken 59.5% of the vote.

  • His opponent, Cellou Dalein Diallo, said he would contest the result, alleging large-scale fraud.

  • Dozens have been killed in the months after Mr Condé said he would re-run. There are fears of further ethnic clashes if the results are disputed.

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Guinea’s President Alpha Condé has won a controversial third term in office, preliminary results show, amid violent protests across the country.

The BBC reports that Guinea’s electoral commission indicated the 82-year-old had taken 59.5% of the vote.

However, the victory still has to be validated by the Constitutional Court.

His opponent, Cellou Dalein Diallo, said he would contest the result, alleging large-scale fraud.

At least 30 people have died since the vote on Sunday, Guinean media report.

Mr Diallo, 68, won 33.5% of the ballots, the electoral commission said.

“We are still going to refer the matter to the constitutional court, without having too many expectations,” Mr Diallo told Agence France-Presse.

The president says a constitutional referendum in March allowed him to run despite a two-term limit, but opponents say he is breaking the law by holding on to power.

Dozens have been killed in the months after Mr Condé said he would re-run. There are fears of further ethnic clashes if the results are disputed.

Gunfire erupted in the capital, Conakry, on Friday. According to sources contacted by the BBC, the army has been called in to support the police in maintaining order.

Communications by telephone are barely going through and the internet has been shut down.

Witnesses told Reuters news agency there had been gunfire in the Sonfonia neighbourhood of Conakry and a local resident said police had used warning shots to break up protests.

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