Guinea's Conde drops final campaign rally

2015-10-09 21:42
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Conakry - Guinea President Alpha Conde's last campaign rally ahead of an October 11 election was cancelled on Friday due to security concerns, a day after his supporters clashed with opposition backers, leaving at least one dead and 20 injured.

Though the West African bauxite producer's economy has been hammered by Ebola and slumping commodities prices, Conde, whose election in 2010 ended two years of brutal military rule, is favoured to win a second term.

He rejected on Thursday a demand by opposition candidates for a postponement of the vote to allow time to rectify what they said were irregularities in the process.

"The rally that we planned to receive the president today (on Friday) had been cancelled to preserve peace and calm," Conde's campaign manager Ibrahima Kassory Fofana told a private radio station.

Analysts predict disputes over election preparations and the eventual results may ignite ethnic violence between supporters of Conde and his main rival Cellou Dalein Diallo in a country with a history of poll violence.

Read more on:    alpha conde  |  cellou dalein diallo  |  guinea  |  west africa  |  guinea elections 2015

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