US appeals for calm in Guinea

2010-11-17 08:00

Washington - The United States on Tuesday urged the winner of Guinea's presidential election, Alpha Conde, and his defeated rival to appeal to their supporters to keep calm amid an outburst of violence.

More deadly violence flared in Guinea on Tuesday after Conde, the opposition leader, was named the winner of the country's first free presidential elections and his rival Cellou Dalein Diallo charged authorities with brutality.

"It is our understanding that rival candidate Cellou Diallo plans to contest the election results and we certainly encourage Mr Diallo to use the proper legal channels and register his concerns with the Supreme Court," State Department spokesperson Philip Crowley said.

"We encourage both Dr Conde and Mr Diallo to urge their supporters to remain calm and allow the court to evaluate any irregularities," Crowley told reporters.

Conde won the run-off poll with 52.52% of the votes, but his rival Diallo who scored 47.48% maintains he is the rightful victor, claiming massive fraud.

The former prime minister has appealed to the Supreme Court, which must confirm the election result.

Diallo has accused security forces of "savage brutality" against his supporters and members of his Fulani ethnic group.