Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Boutros-Ghali: 'I wanted to reform the UN'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

57 000 little problems

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The Sarkozy 'threat'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Budget challenge for India's new government

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Israeli strikes on Gaza as seen on social media

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

World Cup humiliation for host nation

Read more

DEBATE

Israel and the Palestinians: How to Break the Cycle of Violence?

Read more

  • Video: Muslims in China confront obstacles to Ramadan fasting

    Read more

  • French companies will have to accept anonymous CVs

    Read more

  • Israel steps up airstrikes as diplomacy gets under way

    Read more

  • Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge congressional action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • Froome crashes out of Tour de France

    Read more

  • South Sudan independence heroes ‘have lost their way’

    Read more

  • 100 years on, the Tour de France returns to the Western Front

    Read more

  • Dozens of blindfolded bodies found south of Baghdad

    Read more

  • Both candidates say they won Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Brazil players should never wear 'sacred uniform' again, press says

    Read more

  • Exiled Syrian opposition elects new president

    Read more

  • Ukraine imposes new conditions on peace talks with pro-Russia rebels

    Read more

Africa

Guinea faces tense wait after peaceful presidential run-off

©

Video by Nicolas Germain

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-11-10

Guineans breathed a sigh of relief Monday after the country's long-awaited presidential run-off election took place peacefully despite a campaign marred by ethnic clashes between supporters of rival candidates.

REUTERS - Guinean election officials counted ballots on Monday after the West African country held a peaceful presidential run-off election aimed at returning it to civilian rule.

Sunday’s election was Guinea’s first free vote since independence from France in 1958 and, if it passes smoothly, could improve stability in a fragile neighbourhood known as Africa’s “coup belt” while bolstering resource investment in a country rich in iron ore and bauxite.

But the run-up to the second-round election was marked by clashes between rival political and ethnic camps and rows over electoral preparations that caused months of delays since the first round was held on June 27.

The president of the electoral commission said provisional results of the poll, pitting former Prime Minister Cellou Dallein Diallo against veteran opposition leader Alpha Conde, would be released as they become available.

None had been published by early Monday.

While analysts have warned there is a chance of more ethnic violence if the results are challenged, the mood in the capital Conakry early Monday was cautiously optimistic.

“I think that people now realise war is not good for Guinea,” said Bongourra Ousmane, a courier in Conakry’s waterfront neighbourhood of Sandervalia.

“I have my child here, my parents, my grandfather, and we want peace. We only hope we get a good president who can help this country get better,” he said.

Election observers said that Sunday’s poll appeared to have had a high turnout and that there were, so far, only minor reports of logistical problems interfering with voting.

The election is meant to end junta rule prevailing since a December 2008 military coup, and comes close on the heels of neighbouring Ivory Coast’s Oct. 31 first round of presidential elections.

Diallo, of the Peul ethnicity, took 43.69 percent in June’s first round, making him the favourite in the second round. Conde, of the Malinke, took just 18.25 percent and later complained of fraud undermining his score.

Guinea is the world’s top supplier of aluminium ore bauxite and its resources have attracted billions of dollars of planned investment from companies like Vale and Rio Tinto.

Date created : 2010-11-07

  • GUINEA

    Ethnic clashes cast further doubt on delayed Guinea poll

    Read more

  • GUINEA

    Third and 'final' delay for Guinea presidential run-off vote

    Read more

  • GUINEA

    Election body sets Oct. 31 as date for delayed presidential run-off

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)