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Opposition Leader Withdraws From Guinea Presidential Elections

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Guinea’s main opposition leader, Celloun Dalein Diallo, has pulled out of the ongoing presidential election, his campaign director, Aboubacar Sylla, has announced.

Sylla, who made this known on Thursday in Conakry, said the opposition leader took the action because of alleged fraud in the exercise and insists that he would not accept the result of the election held last Sunday.

The opposition leader’s decision came on the heels of the National Election Commission, NEC, hinted on the possibility of announcing of early results which is expected to return incumbent, Alpha Conde, for a second five-year term.

In latest results, figures from three of the capital Conakry’s five communes showed Conde won 55 percent, 60 percent and 49 percent of the votes.

Despite that, all the results must be ratified by Guinea’s Constitutional Court before the winner is declared

Diallo’s decision to pull out of the election is unlikely to stop the declaration of results but political analysts believe that Diallo’s withdrawal could raise questions about the validity of the election, especially among his supporters.

Guinea has consistently recorded political violence due to ethnic tensions from protests including in 2010 when Conde came to power.

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