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Guinea court declares Alpha Conde elected president

At 59.5%, Conde's support was above the absolute majority needed to win in the first round, judges found, throwing out challenges to the October 18 ballot from figures including his main opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo.

FILE: Guinea's President Alpha Conde at the Elysee Palace in Paris on 22 November 2017. Picture: AFP.

CONAKRY - Guinea's Constitutional Court on Saturday declared incumbent Alpha Conde had been reelected for a controversial third term as president at the age of 82.

At 59.5%, Conde's support was above the absolute majority needed to win in the first round, judges found, throwing out challenges to the October 18 ballot from figures including his main opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo.

Diallo received 33.5% of the vote, according to the official count.

Guinea's vote was held after a new constitution bypassed a two-term presidential limit and was followed by violence the opposition says has claimed 46 lives.

There is no way for Conde's opponents to appeal the constitutional court decision, leaving the path formally clear for the president to begin a new six-year term -- with the option for a second under the new constitution introduced in March.

Even before the election, the incumbent's announcement that he would stand again triggered months of demonstrations and violence claiming dozens of lives, almost all of them civilians.

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