Eighty two years old Guinean President, Alpha Conde, has been declared the winner of the October 18 presidential election by the West African country’s electoral body.
According to a full preliminary tally from the election commission on Saturday, Conde won 59.5 per cent of the vote.
The victory, which requires confirmation by the Constitutional Court, gives a third term in office to the 82-year-old after a bitterly fought election in which the opposition said he had no right to participate.
Conde’s supporters insist a constitutional referendum earlier in March reset his two-term limit, but opponents say he is breaking the law by holding onto power.
Results were announced in batches in recent days and already showed Conde with an unassailable lead, sparking street protests in opposition strongholds in which at least 17 people died.
Opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, Conde’s nearest rival with 33.5 percent of the vote, said he has evidence of fraud and plans to file a complaint with the constitutional court.
Under the law, complaints must be filed within eight days of the preliminary results.
Conde, a former opposition leader who was sentenced to death in 1970 by Marxist President Sekou Toure, finally won the top job in 2010.
His election raised hopes for democratic progress but critics say he has stifled dissent.
Diallo, 68, is a former prime minister who also finished runner-up to Conde in the 2010 and 2015 elections.
Algeria’s President Tebboune to Return Home after COVID-19 Treatment in Germany
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is set to return home from a German hospital “in the coming days” after treatment for COVID-19.
“The president assures the Algerian people that he is recovering and will return to the homeland in the coming days,” the office said in a statement, published on Facebook.
In late October, Tebboune was transported to Germany for an in-depth medical examination following a doctor recommendation.
Shortly after, the office announced that the president was diagnosed with COVID-19.
In compliance with the recommendations of his medical team, the 75-year-old Algerian leader continues to undergo the rest of recovery procedures after leaving a specialised medical facility in Germany, the office added.
Tebboune has served as the president of Algeria since December 2019.
He assumed the post after the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika following months of protests.
Since the start of the pandemic, 83,199 cases of the coronavirus have been registered in Algeria.
To date, the North African country’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 2,431, while the number of recoveries is approaching 54,000.
Ghana to Bury Ex-President Rawlings December 23
The remains of deceased former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, will be buried on December 23, his family has said.
James Victor Gbeho, Head of the funeral planning committee, in a press release on Monday, said the family, in consultation with government, has agreed on the date.
The funeral rites for the 73-year-old will come off at the Independence Square in Accra.
Mr Gbeho said, “The family is working in conjunction with government on the finer details of the funeral ceremony and will communicate the arrangements in due course.”
Rawlings, Ghana’s longest-serving head of state and founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), died on 12 November at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness.
Akufo-Addo, Mahama Go Toe to Toe as Ghana’s Presidential Election Draws Closer
President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will face former president John Dramani Mahama, leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the West African country’s December 7 presidential election.
The election has been dubbed the “battle of two giants.”
It is the third time Akufo-Addo and Mahama will compete against each other for the highest office in the country, with each previously having won one poll each– Akufo-Addo in 2016 and Mahama in 2012.
Although 12 candidates are vying for the presidency, including two women, only Akufo-Addo and Mahama are said to have a chance of coming out victorious.
The electoral campaign has been dominated by Ghana’s economy, infrastructure development, education, corruption, and debt relief.
Akufo-Addo, 76, has been touting economic growth during his current four-year term in office as well as the streamlining of government services and implementation of free schooling for senior high school pupils.
Mahama, 62, has meanwhile stressed the many infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges, schools and hospitals, he realised during his presidency, promising do invest more in this area if re-elected.
Political analysts of the University of Ghana in the capital, Accra, predict a slim win for Akufo-Addo in the December elections.
Polls have indicated voters prefer Akufo-Addo’s policy-driven approach to run the nation of 30 million people, the university’s head of the political science department, Kaakyire Frempong.
A candidate is required to gain at least 50 per cent of votes to be elected in the first round.
Ghana’s roughly 17 million registered voters will also elect 275 legislators from 914 candidates on Dec. 7.
Akufo-Addo’s NPP is expected to once again gain the majority of seats in parliament.
Voting will take place at more than 33,000 polling stations between 7 am and 5 pm (0700 and 1700 GMT).
The electoral commission will announce results within 72 hours after the election.
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