Guinea opposition leader claims victory in presidential vote


Guinea’s opposition leader, Cellou Diallo, has declared himself the winner of Sunday’s presidential election ahead of the official announcement of results.

The opposition leader did not give any figures but said the tally was based on his party’s count, not an official tally being conducted by the national election commission.

The electoral commission has refuted the claims, saying vote counting was still ongoing and that it was the only body mandated to announce the winner.

Vote counting commenced on Monday in the West African nation of Guinea after Sunday’s election.

Guineans had protested for months following the decision by President Alpha Condé to run for a third term.

Results of the tensed election are expected by Wednesday after which candidates have eight days to appeal.

Presidential candidates need more than 50% of the vote for an outright victory, or there will be a second round on 24 November.

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