Guinea election to go to second round

July 3, 2010 04:08

CONAKRY, Guinea — Electoral officials in junta-ruled Guinea announced late Friday that a runoff vote would be needed to determine who wins the mineral-rich West African nation's first free election since independence.

Former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo garnered about nearly 40 percent of vote in last Sunday's historic poll, well short of the simple majority needed to avoid a runoff, electoral Commission chief Ben Sekou Sylla told reporters in the capital, Conakry.Longtime opposition politician Alpha Conde won just over 20 percent, while another ex-premier, Sidya Toure, came in third with close to 16 percent of the vote, Sylla said.

If confirmed by the Supreme Court, the result would mean Diallo faces Conde in a second round.

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