Former Conde Ally To Stand In Guinean Election
Sumaira FH 9 days ago Sun 02nd August 2020 | 09:20 AM
Conakry, Aug 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Aug, 2020 ) :A former close ally of Guinean President Alpha Conde, Ousmane Kaba, on Saturday became the first opposition figure to throw his hat into the ring for a presidential election slated for October.
"I accept your proposal to be your party's candidate for the forthcoming presidential election, which we are going to win," Kada told a meeting in Conakry of some 200 delegates of the Party of Democrats for Hope.
An economist aged 65, Kaba has held several ministerial posts but was thrown out of the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) in 2016 having been an influential player after public criticism of Conde.
The National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), grouping the main opposition parties and representatives of civil society, has urged voters to force Conde to leave office after dozens of civilians died in street protests last year which were brutally put down.
Conde came to power in 2010 and was voted back in 2015, although critics say his rule has since swung towards authoritarianism.
According to the official results, the constitution was approved by 91.59 percent of those voting, with a turnout of 61 percent