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Latest update : 2010-10-20

Mali national Siaka Toumani Sangare has been named as the new chief of the national election commission ahead of key elections on October 24th. He replaces Lounceny Camara, who is accused of being close to veteran opposition figure Alpha Conde.

AFP - Guinea on Tuesday named Mali national Siaka Toumani Sangare to head the troubled country's independent national electoral commission, five days before a presidential run-off vote, a decree said.
  
Guinea police earlier opened fire on protesters, killing two backers of former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, a candidate in the election this weekend, and injuring dozens.
  
Diallo had demanded the departure of CENI commission head, Lounceny Camara, whom he accuses of being wrongfully elected and being close to veteran opposition figure Alpha Conde.
  
Diallo's UFDG party had pressed transitional junta leader General Sekouba Konate to name a "neutral and consensual" person to head the CENI before Sunday's vote, in a move that threatens the poll at such short notice.
  
The run-off pits Diallo, who took 43 percent of the votes in the first round on June 27, against Conde with 18 percent.
 

Date created : 2010-10-20

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