Alpha Conde wins Guinea election: Officials

The National Independent Electoral Commission says the preliminary results show Alpha Conde has won Guinea`s tense presidential election.

Updated: Nov 16, 2010, 10:33 AM IST

Guinea: The National Independent
Electoral Commission says the preliminary results show Alpha
Conde has won Guinea`s tense presidential election.

Conde received 53.5 per cent of the 2.89 million ballots
cast. His opponent, Cellou Dalein Diallo, got 47.5 per cent of
the votes. A total of 4.2 million citizens had registered to
vote.

Guinea`s capital was swept by ethnic riots yesterday
ahead of the announcement of the result. Supporters Cellou
Dalein Diallo who are overwhelmingly from the Peul ethnic
group, took to the streets after it became clear that Conde
was likely to win the vote.

They destroyed the homes of Malinke residents, who are
backing Conde, a Malinke.

Riot police in trucks had positioned themselves at key
intersections throughout the suburbs, where the rioting had
started.

PTI