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Vol 39 No 24

Published 4th December 1998


An election foretold

There is evidence of wide-ranging attempts to rig the forthcoming elections

By fair means or foul, President and General Lansana Conté is determined to 'win' the 14 December elections. His impressive opponents, who include a World Bank economist, a United Nations director and a veteran journalist, suspect the means will be mostly foul. Conté will win at least 60 per cent of the presidential vote, forecasts his Defence Minister, Doranak Assifat Diasseny. Such is the confidence of the ruling Parti de l'Unité et du Progrès (PUP) that no provision has been made for the second round of voting which would be necessary if its candidate got under 50 per cent.

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