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Cellou Dalein Diallo Tells Alpha Conde “No Thanks” on PM Post

December 14, 2010

Diallo turns down offer to be Guinea’s premier

Cellou Dalein Diallo has rejected the offer to be the prime minister. FILE | AFRICA REVIEW |

GUINEAOYE NOTE:  Unfortunately, the media often describe Cellou Dalein Diallo as the loser of the recent presidential election in Guinea.  Actually, Diallo won the election by the numbers, but his opponent, Alpha Conde, committed every known manner of fraud, including inciting a violent attack by Malinkes on Peuls in Siguiri and Kouroussa, to steal the election.  Yet, even with this massive fraud, Conde was unable to beat Diallo.  Conde was not elected, but selected, by the Supreme Court to hold the highest office of the land.
By TAMBA JEAN-MATTHEW in Dakar  (email the author)
Posted Tuesday, December 14 2010 at 13:38

Runoff poll loser Cellou Dalien Diallo has turned down the offer to become the prime minister of Guinea’s first democratically-elected President Alpha Condé.

Mr Diallo made the statement in Dakar on Monday evening following a courtesy call on President Abdoulaye Wade.

He explained that his decision stemmed from the fact that there were a lot of dissimilarities of character and points of divergence on issues with Prof Condé.

“I have values and norms to defend and I can do that better if I stay in the opposition, and that is what I’m going to do,” Mr Diallo told reporters.

He said: “I believe Guineans can remain united in diversity and fully carry out their civic responsibilities, especially fighting against those scourges that erode society.”

Profoundly divided

Mr Diallo then accused Prof Condé of building and perpetuating ethnic and regional segregation during the recent presidential election.

“This has left our compatriots profoundly divided and it is going to take time and a lot of efforts to correct that anomaly,” he insisted.

He said while he appreciated Prof Condé’s offer for him to join his government, he deemed it expedient to remain in the opposition and will gladly make suggestions, and impose checks and balances in the interest of peace and development of Guinea.

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  1. Ibrahima permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:15 AM

    The President (elected but dismissed by the Supreme Court and the Electoral Commission) Cellou Dalein must now challenge the EU for their role in the election fraud and more seriously the attempt to covering up human rights violations including rapes in Guinea. How come a ”civilized” MEP Alexander Lambsdoff (German) could deny the atrocities that occurred before and after the poll with serial rapes?
    For the EU, is politics overriding now human rights violation and barbaric behaviour? The EU has to explain their attitude! What a shame for so called civilized countries !
    Cellou Dalein must show a bit of teeth now and challenge the EU for their role in the Guinean electoral fraud. At least, the EU should have done like the USA,” play blind” : see nothing, say nothing, hear nothing.

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