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Fracturing of Guinean opposition coalition raises ruling party's prospects of retaining power in October's election

24 June 2015


Guinean opposition presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo announced on 23 June a political alliance with ousted former coup leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara.

Diallo is an ethnic Peulh and the main opposition contender to President Alpha Condé in the October 2015 election, while Camara is an ethnic Guerze from the Forestière region, the location of the multibillion-dollar Simandou iron ore project.

Camara, who took power on Christmas Eve 2008 following the death of President Lansana Conté, has been in exile in Burkina Faso since 2010, from where he declared his presidential candidacy in May. Shortly after Camara's declaration of his candidacy, the Guinean government reactivated a case against former military government officers involving the killing about 160 people, including scores of women, in a mass anti-military demonstration on 28 September 2009.

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