Monday, November 15, 2010

So, About That Election...

It did finally occur, peacefully, and international observers declared it free and fair, albeit with minor irregularities. So much for the good news. The bad news is that we still don't know who won. Results were supposed to be announced Wednesday, then Saturday, then this morning. It's a squeaker: as of yesterday, former prime minister Cellou Dallein Diallo held 50.6 percent of the vote and former opposition leader Alpha Conde had 49.4 percent.

And with the delays people are getting restless. Yesterday Diallo's party withdrew from vote certification process for alleged fraud and refused to accept the final results, whatever they may be. Awesome. So far the reactions to the vote-counting have taken the form of legal challenges and a little rock-throwing rather than widespread violence, but it's not looking good.

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