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Vol 51 No 11

Published 28th May 2010


Guinea

Votes and the mining houses

A heavy crop of parties will contest next month’s election but the real contest is about controlling mineral rights

Of the 20-odd candidates running in the 27 June presidential election, two veterans stand out. They are Alpha Condé, the pugnacious leader of the Rassemblement du Peuple de Guinée (RPG), and Cellou Dalein Diallo, President of the Union des Forces Démocratiques de Guinée (UFDG) and Prime Minister under the late General Lansana Conté. Coming up on their flank is Sidya Touré of the Union des Forces Républicaines (UFR). This could be the freest election since Guinea seized independence from France in 1958, although supporters of the leading candidates all fear interference from the junta.

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