Guinea to hold presidential run-off on Oct. 24

14:37, October 06, 2010      

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Guinea will hold the presidential run-off on Oct. 24, according to an official statement issued here on Tuesday.

The new election date was made public in a decree by interim president Sekouba Konate, which was broadcast by state television RTG.

The contenders include Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde, who won 43.69 percent and 18.25 percent respectively in the first round held on June 27. But Conde has contested the outcome, accusing the electoral commission of tempering the results.

Conde filed a lawsuit against the commission following the publication of the election results, leading to the reshuffle of the electoral body and the sentences of its head and another senior election official.

The presidential decree marked another postponement of the second round of the elections after busy consultations and clashes which left one dead and 50 others injured last month.

The West African country's electoral commission last proposed the run-off be held by Oct. 10, after the vote failed to take place on Sept. 19, only days before the bloodlet on Sept. 12.

Source: Xinhua


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