Alpha Conde won Guinea’s disputed presidential poll, the national electoral authority said Saturday, setting the stage for a controversial third term.
His main opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo, at the forefront of protests against a third term for Conde was credited with 33.5 percent of the vote.
“Long live democracy, long live peace, may God bless Guinea,” Cisse said during a ceremony in Conakry, as Conde supporters leaped to their feet and cheered the president’s victory.
The announcement follows days of post-election violence in which around 10 people lost their lives in clashes across the nation of some 13 million people.
Doubting the independence of the electoral authority, Diallo, 68, had on Monday declared himself victorious before the results were announced which triggered confrontations between his supporters and security forces.
“We’re on the street until Cellou Dalein asks us to come home,” said one, who declined to be named, referring to the opposition leader.
Diallo told AFP he would mount a legal challenge to the announced election results.
“We are going to protest this electoral hold-up in the street,” he said.
“But we are still going to refer the matter to the constitutional court, without having too many expectations”.
While Guinea’s independent national electoral commission (CENI) declared the provisional tally, the constitutional court must still approve the result. It is expected to do so in about a week.
With his win, Conde is set to govern for another six years, and could potentially run for another fourth term after that.
Stiff opposition to a third term triggered mass protests from October 2019, in which security forces killed dozens of people.