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Public Order Breaking Down in Conakry, Guinea, As Vote Nears

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Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

Fighting broke out between supporters of Guinean presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo and police, just prior to the much-delayed run-off vote.

In one incident, supporters, gathered to welcome Diallo after he returned from campaigning, were caught in a melee of rock throwing and tear gas, witnesses said.

In another suburb, a group of women gathered at the headquarters of a political party that supports Diallo, also were dispersed by police. Diallo has threatened to boycott the vote unless the head of the national independent electoral commission, who allegedly favors rival Alpha Conde, resigns.

Diallo, a former prime minister, officially won 43% of votes in June's first round, while Conde took 18%.

Meanwhile, one year after the massacre of 157 people during a peaceful rally in Conakry, no army official suspected of taking part in the killings has been brought to court in Guinea, which is still split by political divisions.

Both the United Nations and the International Criminal Court said acts committed on that day constituted crimes against humanity.

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0 # Guest 2010-11-16 18:03
I would like to suggest to Mr. Cellou Diallo to pleaser accept the election result, the Guineans are against violence. Cellou has brought more disgrace to the people of Guinea. I must rest assure that we lost the election because the Forest region (Mangeur de Chiens) and the Soussou (Fenia) did not vote for him, but htta's life. The Fulanbi are not ethnocentric.
-1 # Guest 2010-10-26 00:16
It is wrong for Cellou Diallo to assume that he will automatically win the elections.In the first round he got 43%, but things have changed a lot in last 4 months

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