Gunfire has erupted in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, as provisional election outcomes present President Alpha Condé, 82, is heading in the right direction to win a controversial third time period.
The federal government has deployed troopers to help the police cope with the protests towards Mr Condé.
Opposition chief Cellou Dalein Diallo has alleged large-scale fraud and declared himself winner.
Web and cellphone providers have been minimize within the West African nation.
Ethnic clashes in the course of the marketing campaign had raised fears of nationwide violence if the outcomes have been disputed.
What is the newest?
Residents in opposition strongholds say that many individuals are holed up of their properties and that the police are utilizing stay ammunition as a substitute of tear fuel towards protesters.
In accordance with sources contacted by the BBC, the military has been requisitioned to assist the police in sustaining order.
Communications by phone are barely going by and the web has been shut down.
A minimum of 10 individuals, together with two law enforcement officials, have been killed since Sunday’s ballot, in accordance with the authorities. Different sources put the determine at 20 deaths.
Outcomes launched from 37 out of 38 constituencies present Mr Condé gained 2.four million votes, properly forward of Mr Diallo with 1.2 million votes. Another opposition teams boycotted the ballot.
Candidates want greater than 50% of the vote for outright victory, or there can be a second spherical on 24 November.
Some 5.four million voters have been eligible to vote.
Regardless of widespread criticism, Mr Condé pushed for a change of the structure making him eligible to hunt re-election.
Months of protests have typically turned lethal. A minimum of 12 individuals have been killed within the week main as much as the election.
5 issues about Guinea:
Independence chief Sékou Touré informed France in 1958: “Guinea prefers poverty in freedom than riches in slavery”
“Black energy” civil rights chief Stokely Carmichael moved from the US to Guinea in 1968, together with his then-wife, the singer Miriam Makeba, changing into a life-long proponent of pan-Africanism
It has the world’s largest reserves of bauxite – the primary supply of aluminium
Its Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, a Unesco World Heritage Web site, is understood for its viviparous toad and chimpanzees that use stones as instruments
Singer Mory Kanté, well-known for the 1980s hit Yéké Yéké, got here from a widely known Guinean household of griots, or praise-singers
Who’s Alpha Condé?
Mr Condé was a veteran opposition chief who lastly gained elections in 2010, marking the primary genuinely democratic handover in Guinea since independence.
He served jail time for difficult Basic Lansana Conté, who dominated from 1984 to his loss of life in 2008.
He campaigned on his financial report and prospects that Simandou, one of many world’s largest untapped iron-ore deposits, would possibly lastly be exploited – creating hundreds of jobs.
However critics say that any financial development has not filtered right down to the majority of the inhabitants. Energy cuts are widespread and plenty of younger Guineans are unable to seek out work.
A brand new structure was accepted in a referendum in March. Mr Condé argues this implies he’s allowed to hunt re-election, though he had already served the utmost of two phrases allowed below the earlier structure.
The opposition disputes this and avenue protests have led to dozens of deaths over the previous yr.
Who’s his fundamental challenger?
Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, a former prime minister, is the one formidable opponent. He misplaced to Mr Condé in each 2010 and 2015, though he says each elections have been marred by widespread fraud.
He’s a member of the Peul, or Fulani, neighborhood. Though they’re Guinea’s largest ethnic group, the nation has by no means had a Peul president and plenty of ethnic Peuls say they’ve confronted discrimination, courting again to the times of President Sékou Touré, when hundreds fled the nation.
Mr Condé is basically backed by members of his Malinké neighborhood, in addition to the nation’s third main ethnic group, the Soussous.
Mr Diallo and different opposition figures within the Nationwide Entrance for the Defence of the Structure (FNDC) had vowed to boycott an election which they felt may by no means be truthful.
However in early September, Mr Diallo broke with the FNDC, asserting that he would run in spite of everything.