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Guinea on knife-edge on eve of presidential poll after clashes

Guinea's President and presidential candidate Alpha Conde speaks at a rally reiterating his call for calm in Conakry on October 9, 2015Guinea was on a knife-edge Saturday, on the eve of a presidential election, after clashes between supporters of incumbent leader Alpha Conde and his main rival left seven people dead, according to security sources and local authorities. “We have seen since yesterday a deterioration in the security situation,” UN special representative for West Africa Mohamed Ibn Chambas told a press conference Friday, issuing a call for calm a day after deadly clashes in the capital Conakry and in the east. In Conakry, two people were killed in confrontations between Condo supporters and backers of opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo after Conde rejected opposition calls for Sunday’s vote — the second since Guinea’s first democratic election in 2010 — to be delayed over alleged irregularities in the voter registration process.

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