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Guinea welcomes new president

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Guinea welcomes new president


Calm and order has returned to the streets of Ivory Coast’s neighbour, Guinea, where veteran opposition figure Alpha Conde has been declared the winner of its presidential election.

It is the first free vote since the country gained independence in 1958.

Cellou Delien Diallo took a big lead in the first round. But he has conceded defeat in the run-off.

His supporters had complained of electoral fraud but the Supreme Court did not uphold the allegations.

Admitting defeat Diallo said: “Our complaints about the election were not taken into account by the Supreme Court despite solid arguments and proof.

“But since the decision of the Supreme Court cannot be appealed we have no choice but to accept the decision of the top legal institution in the republic.”

Although there were clashes between Diallo’s supporters and security forces ahead of the results, transition from military to covilian rules has been relatively smooth in this mineral-rich nation.

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