Guinea President Alpha Condé (L) and presidential challenger Cellou Dalein Diallo (R)
President Alpha Condé’s fundamental rival is Cellou Dalein Diallo (R)

Voters in Guinea are casting their ballots in a controversial election which see President Alpha Condé, 82, search a 3rd time period.

The already bitterly divided West African nation was gripped by stress on Friday after gunmen killed a senior military officer in a navy camp.

Mr Condé ignored critics to push for a change of structure that allowed him to increase his keep in workplace.

His fundamental challenger is Cellou Dalein Diallo, who he has twice defeated.

Ethnic clashes through the marketing campaign have raised fears of nationwide violence if the outcomes are disputed.

The federal government has closed the borders with some neighbouring nations, citing safety causes.

Some 5.four million voters eligible to vote. Outcomes aren’t anticipated for a number of days.

Candidates want greater than 50% of the vote for outright victory, or there will likely be a second spherical on 24 November.

Fears of navy divisions

Guinea has been beset by authoritarian and navy rule since independence. There have been some fears that the military is likely to be getting concerned in politics once more.

On Friday, the minister of defence issued an announcement saying {that a} group of troopers had entered a navy camp in Kindia, a metropolis 130km (80 miles) east of the capital Conakry, and killed its commander, Col Mamady Condé.

Some experiences spoke of a military mutiny, however the authorities later mentioned they had been in management and {that a} search was underneath technique to discover the troopers.

5 issues about Guinea:

  • Independence chief Sékou Touré advised France in 1958: “Guinea prefers poverty in freedom than riches in slavery”

  • “Black energy” civil rights chief Stokely Carmichael moved from the US to Guinea in 1968, along with his then-wife, the singer Miriam Makeba, changing into a life-long proponent of pan-Africanism

  • It has the world’s greatest reserves of bauxite – the principle supply of aluminium

  • Its Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, a Unesco World Heritage Website, is thought for its viviparous toad and chimpanzees that use stones as instruments

  • Singer Mory Kanté, well-known for the 1980s hit Yéké Yéké, got here from a widely known Guinean household of griots, or praise-singers

Who’s Alpha Condé?

Mr Condé was a veteran opposition chief who lastly gained elections in 2010, marking the primary genuinely democratic handover in Guinea since independence.

A supporter for the current president and presidential candidate, Guinea President Alpha Conde
Mr Condé’s supporters hope he can revive Guinea’s economic system

He served jail time for difficult Basic Lansana Conté, who dominated from 1984 to his loss of life in 2008.

He has campaigned on his financial file and prospects that Simandou, one of many world’s largest untapped iron-ore deposits, may lastly be exploited – creating hundreds of jobs.

However critics say that any financial development has not filtered all the way down to the majority of the inhabitants.

A brand new structure was authorised in a referendum in March. Mr Condé argues this implies he’s allowed to hunt re-election, regardless that he had already served the utmost of two phrases allowed underneath the earlier structure.

The opposition disputes this and avenue protests have led to dozens of deaths over the previous yr.

Who’s his fundamental challenger?

Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, a former prime minister, is the one formidable opponent. He misplaced to Mr Condé in each 2010 and 2015, though he says each elections had been marred by widespread fraud.

Cellou Dalein Diallo
Mr Diallo hopes it will likely be third-time fortunate in his bid to change into president

He’s a member of the Peul, or Fulani, Guinea’s largest ethnic group. The nation has by no means had a Peul president and lots of ethnic Peuls say their neighborhood has confronted discrimination, courting again to the times of President Sékou Touré, when hundreds fled the nation.

Mr Condé is essentially backed by members of his Malinké neighborhood, in addition to the nation’s third main ethnic group, the Soussous.

He and different opposition figures within the Nationwide Entrance for the Defence of the Structure (FNDC) had vowed to boycott an election which they felt might by no means be truthful.

However in early September Mr Diallo broke with the FNDC, asserting that he would run in spite of everything.