Alpha Conde: from jailed opposition leader to president

Guinea's President and presidential candidate Alpha Conde, who looks set for a second term according to preliminary results, is a talented orator who knows how to fire up a crowdAlpha Conde’s arrival to power in Guinea five years ago followed long years as an exiled opposition leader tilting against despotic and military regimes, which earned him a brief spell in prison. Despite already being in his seventies, the winner of the west African country’s first democratic election in 2010 was seen as offering a chance for a break with the past. Born on March 4, 1938 in Boke in the western Lower Guinea region, Conde comes from the Malinke tribe mostly found in Upper Guinea in the east.

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