GUINEA ELECTION: Violence escalates during tensed wait for results

Violence is escalating in Guinea as the country awaits results from last weekend’s presidential elections.

Preliminary results show Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, 82, ahead in the polls and the electoral commission said final results should be announced on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses report strong security presence near neighborhoods with strong opposition support.

This follows days of unrest after the opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, claimed that he won the election and his party issued a statement calling him president.

Diallo's claim of victory before the official results had been announced set off celebrations by his supporters that were suppressed by security forces in which three youths were killed on Monday.

Guinea's security forces have surrounded Diallo's residence, prompted the opposition leader to post a video on Twitter, saying he was captive in his home.”

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