Guinea's Conde cancels peace tour

2010-10-28 15:08

Conakry - Guinean presidential candidate Alpha Conde pulled out Thursday of a peace tour with rival Cellou Dalein Diallo, saying his supporters were against the visit, a spokesperson said.

"The professor (Alpha Conde) wanted to go, but the crowd came to his home. It is his base that is against this tour," said Francois Lonseny Fall, spokesperson for the pro-Conde Rainbow alliance.

A spokesperson for Conde's Rally of the People of Guinea (RPG), Ahmed Tidiane Traore, confirmed that "RPG militants don't agree that their candidate should move because it is not necessary".

The two presidential candidates, accompanied by government and religious representatives, were to take an "awareness tour" to regional hotspots where political and ethnic violence have flared prior to a run-off presidential vote.

Rival presidential candidate and poll favourite Cellou Dalein Diallo accordingly decided to cancel his own trip.

"I'm disappointed," he told AFP.

The regional visit was announced on state radio on Wednesday night shortly after transition president, General Sekouba Konate issued a decree announcing the latest date for elections as November 7, after several postponements.

The chairman of the electoral commission, Siaka Sangare, told state radio and television that the new date was "consensual and irrevocable", adding: "I dare say, the last one in this ballot awaited by the Guinean people."