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Guinea's constitutional court validates Conde's re-election
October 31, 2015 / 9:47 PM / 2 years ago

Guinea's constitutional court validates Conde's re-election

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea’s constitutional court on Saturday validated President Alpha Conde’s victory in an Oct. 11 election that handed him a second five-year term with a clear majority.

Guinea's outgoing president and presidential candidate Alpha Conde, leader of Rally for the People of Guinea (RPG), waves as he arrives at an inauguration ceremony of the passenger harbor of Sandervalia in Conakry, Guinea in this October 8, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Luc Gnago/Files

The election’s results were announced on Oct. 17, but the nine-member court had to weigh complaints from opposition candidates before certifying them.

“The Constitutional Court declares Mr Alpha Conde ... with 57.84 percent, elected President of the Republic,” the body’s president Kelefa Sall said.

The court judged complaints lodged by opposition candidates Faya Lansana Millimono, Papa Koly Kourouma and Lansana Kouyate to have been unfounded.

Guinea’s main opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, who finished second with 31 percent of ballots cast, did not recognise the results when they were announced by the elections commission, claiming there had been fraud and rigging.

However, neither he nor third-place finisher Sidya Toure contested the result before the court.

“We were convinced that whatever the evidence we offered, the Constitutional Court was not going to take it into account. That’s why we refused to file a complaint,” said Fode Oussou Fofana, a senior official with Diallo’s UFDG party.

Conde’s emphatic re-election appears to have subdued the opposition at least for now. After saying he would call upon his supporters to protest against the alleged election fraud, Diallo later told them to remain calm.

The president faces major challenges in his second term, including a lingering Ebola outbreak and a slump in metals prices. Both have dogged his efforts to revive the economy of Africa’s main producer of the aluminium ore, bauxite.

Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Joe Bavier, editing by David Evans

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