Guinea poll candidate slams violence

2010-10-23 21:15

Conakry - A contender in Guinea's presidential elections has denounced the country's security forces for using violence against his supporters who have been demonstrating in the capital this week.

Cellou Dalein Diallo said that clashes continued on Saturday between his supporters and Guinean security forces.

Diallo's statement comes a day after Guinea's election chief called off a weekend presidential runoff. A new date has not been announced.

Growing discord over the presidential runoff is dividing the West African country and has caused another delay of the poll, which could be the country's first free and fair vote since winning independence from France 52 years ago.

During protests earlier this week, security forces fired at unarmed protesters, killing one man and wounding at least 62, the UN said.