Guinea: the tension still mounts, the power of Alpha Condé requisitions the army

Despite President Alpha Condé’s appeals for calm, five people died Friday in clashes following the post-election crisis.

The tension rose further on Friday October 23 in Guinea. At least five more people have died despite the turn of the screw given by the power pending the official and final results of the presidential election, which should credit the outgoing Alpha Condé with an absolute majority in the first round. Among the five victims of the violence, there were three gendarmes, a soldier and a civilian, in still unclear circumstances following the attack on a train carrying fuel oil in the district of Sonfonia, said a government official.

Alpha Condé’s challenger Cellou Dalein Diallo told AFP he was “out of the question” to recognize the results announced by the body responsible for the elections. The authorities requisitioned the army while new clashes between young supporters of Mr. Diallo and the security forces were reported in Conakry and in the provinces.

An AFP journalist saw around thirty pick-ups loaded with soldiers ascending the axis leading from the center of the capital to the outlying districts which have been the hotbeds of violence and protest for months.

Before Friday, the authorities reported a dozen dead since Sunday, the camp Cellou Dalein Diallo speaking of 27 dead. Guinea has been in a deep crisis for a year. Months of mobilization against the possibility of a third term of Alpha Condé, repeatedly harshly repressed, have resulted in dozens of civilian deaths. As feared on all sides, after a campaign peppered with incidents, spirits were heated with the presidential election.

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