alpha conde elected in Guinea

Opposition leader Alpha Conde has been declared the winner in the just concluded runoffs in Guinea. Mr. Conde garnered a mere 18% of the vote in the first round compared to his rivals 44%. 52% of the voters decided to side with him in the second round.

Guinea has been under an interim government led by Gen Sekouba Konate since the 2008 coup. The coup came after the death of Lansana Conte, dictator for 24 years. Mr. Conte himself rose to power in a coup following the death of Guinea’s founding president Sekou Toure.