Guinea poll leader gets backing

2010-07-28 18:59

Conakry - Cellou Dalein Diallo, who came first in the first round of Guinea's presidential election in June, has secured the backing of third-placed Sidya Toure for the second round of voting, sources in Diallo's party said on Wednesday.

Toure secured 13.62% of the vote in the first round of voting, and sources in Diallo's party said that, should Diallo win, Toure had been promised the post of prime minister and 30% of cabinet jobs in return for his support.

Diallo won 43.69% in the poll, falling short of an absolute majority, and will face second-placed Alpha Conde in a run-off to see who will run the world's top bauxite exporter. No date has been set for the poll yet.