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Vol 51 No 23

Published 19th November 2010


Over the new rainbow

Election winner Alpha Condé’s promise of national reconciliation is put to the test as his opponents’ supporters take their disputes to the street

The first test started within hours of the announcement on 15 November of the victory of Alpha Condé in the second round of the presidential election with 52.5%, when supporters of the losing candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, rejected the result and took to the streets. Despite Condé’s offer of a ‘brotherly hand’ to Diallo ‘to build a united and prosperous Guinea’, neither leader has been able to restrain their supporters. By 17 November, local human rights groups were reporting that ten people had died in street battles and 200 had been injured.

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