Clash leaves 1 dead in Guinea

2010-09-13 09:20

Conakry - An official in Guinea says the country's presidential campaign is temporarily suspended after violence between rival campaign supporters left one person dead.

Telecommunications Minister Talide Diallo said on Sunday 54 people were wounded when rival political parties clashed after a campaign event in the capital on Saturday.

He says rallies and campaigning are suspended but that elections in the tiny West African nation will be held as scheduled on September 19.

The violence is one more sign of escalating tension ahead of next week's historic election, which many had hoped would mark a turning point for the troubled country that has known only authoritarian rule since winning independence from France in 1958.