Clashes in Guinea as Poll Tensions Grow

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Security forces disperse gangs in Diallo strongholds in Guinea, as the country still waits for presidential elections results. But the opposition are crying fraud.

Protesters clash with police in Guinea's capital on Monday after efforts to restore civilian rule suffers a fresh setback. Authorities missed the deadline to publish results of a November 7 poll.

Tensions also rose as opposition leader Alpha Conde issued a statement he was confident of victory. It was just a day after his rival Cellou Dalein Diallo pulled out of the vote-counting process citing evidence of fraud.

The governor of Conakry, Sekou Presko Camara, and the opposition leader, are both appealing for calm.

National election body CENI had promised preliminary scores by midday on Monday. It’s in line with a law requiring published results within 72 hours of the collection of ballot slips from voting stations.

But on Sunday Diallo's camp said the poll was marred by fraud.

Diallo has 50.6 percent of the vote compared to 49.4 percent for rival Alpha Conde, according to a tally of results published so far by the electoral commission.

International observers say the poll appears free and fair, but there is concern that the losing candidate may not accept the final result.