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West African countries on high alert over Ebola outbreak

– – Countries in West Africa have been placed on high alert to quell an outbreak of Ebola. It follows a warning from the World Health Organization over Ebola infections in Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo. Guinea declared an outbreak of the virus on Sunday in the first return of the disease there since the 2013-2016 outbreak, while Congo has confirmed four new cases. Guinea has so far recorded up to 10 suspected cases of Ebola and five deaths. Since declaring the outbreak. The country has also identified 115 contacts of…

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Guinea: Conde’s re-election for third term confirmed

– – Guinea’s constitutional court has confirmed the re-election of incumbent president Alpha Conde. Conde was re-elected for a controversial third term with 59.5 percent of the vote and the constitutional court confirmed that on Saturday. Conde’s main rival Cellou Dalein Diallo received 33.5 percent, the court said. According to the judges Conde’s support was above the absolute majority needed to win in the first round. But the opposition has said that his election victory was characterized by irregularities in the October 18 vote. – – The court however said…

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Guinea: At least 30 killed in post-election violence

– – At least 30 people have been reported dead in a post-election violence in Guinea after President Alpha Condé won this month’s disputed election. Tension has been heightening in the country since the election results were declared with the opposition rejecting them. Supporters of the opposition have been clashing with security forces for days now resulting in deaths. The electoral commission confirmed President Alpha Condé’s controversial third term in office last week. Preliminary results from the electoral commission showed that the 82-year-old secured 59.5% of the vote. – –…

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Guinea: Tension heightens after Alpha Condé secures third term

“We are still going to refer the matter to the constitutional court, without having too many expectations,” Mr Diallo told Agence France-Presse. – – He added that “We are going to protest against this electoral hold-up through the street. We are in the process of building a case, which is very difficult since our office is occupied, we don’t have access to our documents, but we are nevertheless going to refer the matter to the constitutional court.” Meanwhile the ruling party has asked the opposition to desist from violence amid…

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Guinea Election: 82-year-old Alpha Condé heads to victory

– – Guinea’s President, Alpha Condé is heading to victory in the recently held presidential elections. Preliminary results of Sunday’s election shows that the 82-year-old leader is set for a first round victory. On Thursday the election commission released another set of results showing that Alpha Conde is the clear leader in the race. According to results from 37 out of 38 electoral districts, Mr. Conde has a lead of 1.2 million votes, Reuters news agency reports. His main challenger, the opposition candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, has however decried what…

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Guinea: At least 10 killed in deadly post-election violence

– – Post-election violence in Guinea has led to the death of at least 10 people, according to the country’s security minister. Results from the 14 constituencies out of 34 puts incumbent President Alpha Condé in the lead over his main challenger Cellou Dalein Diallou. But Cellou Dalein Diallou had earlier claimed victory and decried “anomalies” with results being announced by the electoral commission. In a statement, the security ministry blamed the deaths on shootings and stabbings in the capital Conakry and elsewhere in the country. “This strategy of chaos…

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Guinea Election: Alpha Conde leads as opposition decries fraud

– – Preliminary results of Guinea presidential election puts the incumbent Alpha Conde ahead for four of the country’s 38 voting districts. The results were released by electoral commission chair Kabinet Cisse late Tuesday showing that President Conde has a strong lead. Kabinet Cissé, the Electoral Commission Chief, read out the results as follows, “Professor Alpha Condé, RPG-Arc-en-ciel, votes obtained: 104,450, or 49.13%. Mamadou Cellou Dalein Diallo, UFDG, 85.658, or 40,29%.” But Alpha Conde’s main challenger Cellou Dalein Diallo who had claimed victory earlier on Monday has dismissed the results…

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Guinea: Vote counting underway in tense presidential poll

– – Counting of ballots in Guinea’s presidential election is underway after citizens cast their vote on Sunday. Provisional results are expected to be announced 72 hours after closure of polling stations. To be declared winner a presidential candidate must secure more than 50% of the vote else there will be a second round on 24 November. Candidates will have eight days to lodge appeals when results are declared. If no appeals are lodged the final results will be deemed uncontested. Twelves candidates contested the presidential election with incumbent President,…

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Guineans vote in crucial poll as Alpha Condé seeks third term

– – Guineans are voting to choose a new president as incumbent Alpha Conde seeks a third term in office. His decision to seek a third term has been controversial after the constitution was amended in a referendum to grant him the opportunity to run again. Conde’s main challenger in Sunday’s election is Cellou Dalein Diallo of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG). Diallo, 68 is a former prime minister who lost to Mr Condé in both 2010 and 2015 elections. The country’s Independent National Electoral Commission said…

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Guinea: Tension high as army commander is killed ahead of poll

– – The killing of a senior army officer in Guinea, Col Mamady Condé has heightened tension in the West African nation ahead of presidential election on Sunday. Col. Condé’s death is coming just two days before the crucial presidential election which is already characterized by protests. Local media reported that Armed men shot Col Condé dead on Friday at a military camp in Kindia, 130km (80 miles) north-east of the capital, Conakry. According to reports there was an attempted mutiny with soldiers seizing weapons to free some of their…

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