Guinea ex-PM throws behind Conde in presidential run-off

15:44, August 03, 2010      

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Guinea's former prime minister Lansana Kouyate has decided to throw behind Alpha Conde, the candidate of the Rally of Guinean People (RPG), in the future presidential run-off, according to a statement released by the party.

The two leaders signed a protocol on the cooperation in the second round of the presidential election, whose date has yet to be unveiled, the statement said on Monday.

A dozen other candidates loosing the first round on June 27 had previously formed an alliance to support Conde in the run-off against Cellou Dalein Diallo, the front runner and the candidate of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG).

All were candidates for the "small political parties" which received less than 5 percent of votes cast during the first round.

The other contenders who got more than 5 percent of the tally includes Sidya Toure, Kouyate and Papa Koly Kourouma.

With the forming of alliance with Kouyate, Conde claims to have more confidence in the upcoming race. "We are convinced that those who did not vote in the first round will join us in the second round," he declared.

Toure, another former prime minister, decided to give backing to Diallo last week.

Toure and Kouyate ended the third and fourth respectively in the first round.

Source: Xinhua


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