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Guinea election to go to runoff

Published 03/07/2010

A soldier casts his vote in presidential elections in Conakry, Guinea. The historic elections will go to run-off
A soldier casts his vote in presidential elections in Conakry, Guinea. The historic elections will go to run-off

Electoral officials in Guinea say a run-off vote will be needed to determine who wins the country's first free election since independence.

The independent electoral commission says former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo garnered about nearly 40% of votes in Sunday's historic poll, well short of the simple majority needed to avoid a run-off.

Longtime opposition politician Alpha Conde won just over 20%, while another ex-premier, Sidya Toure came in third place with close to 16% of the vote.

If confirmed by the Supreme Court, the result would mean Diallo faces Conde in a second round July 18.

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