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Election Results Expected on Monday, November 15

November 14, 2010

(AFP) – 1 hour ago

CONAKRY — Results from Guinea’s run-off presidential elections would be announced Monday, the head of the electoral commission said, amid concerns over post-voting violence before a Muslim holiday.

“We are ready so that at the latest by mid-Monday the population will know the name of the man who will preside over the country’s destiny,” electoral commission chairman Siaka Sangare said late Saturday.

The commission has delayed announcing the results of the November 7 run-off pitting former premier Cellou Dalein Diallo against veteran opposition leader Alpha Conde, which aims to end 52 years of dictatorship and military rule in the west African country.

Results were due to have been announced last Wednesday and were later expected on Saturday.

Schools in the capital Conakry have been closed for the past 10 days after a violence-marked campaign.

National television has been broadcasting appeals to avoid election-related violence ahead of the Islamic feast of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday.

The poor but mineral-rich country, whose massive bauxite and iron-ore stores have drawn the interest of multinationals, has been run by transitional president General Sekouba Konate, following a December 2008 c

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