After 10 years in power, Guinea’s 82-year-old president is running for a third term on Sunday, defying tens of thousands of protesters who flooded the streets to try to stop him. A former opposition leader who was once sentenced to death by an autocrat, Alpha Conde is accused by critics of drifting into authoritarianism by plotting to extend his grip on power. Conde is facing his longtime foe and political opposite, the soft-spoken Cellou Dalein Diallo, on October 18. Diallo is now the West African state’s main opposition leader, but he cut his teeth under authoritarian leader Lansana Conte, eventually rising to become prime minister. The 68-year-old was at the forefront of protests against a Conde third term, which security forces cracked down on, leaving dozens of people dead. Significantly, Diallo and Conde hail from different ethnic groups.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA