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Guinea President Wins Second Term

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FILE - People pass in front of an electoral campaign poster for incumbent President Alpha Conde in Conakry, Guinea, Sept. 10, 2015.

FILE - People pass in front of an electoral campaign poster for incumbent President Alpha Conde in Conakry, Guinea, Sept. 10, 2015.

Guinea's President Alpha Conde has won a second term, the country's election commission has announced, six days after polling ended.

Conde won in the first round with about 58 percent of votes cast.

Main opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, who has denounced the vote as fraudulent, won 31 percent. On Saturday, Diallo vowed to organize demonstrations against what he called an "electoral hold-up.''

International observers from the European Union said they had not seen fraud in the election. But they complained about a number of irregularities in the vote, such as delays in opening the polls and disorganized voter rolls, both of which caused long waits for voters.

This was only the second democratic presidential election since Guinea gained independence from France in 1958.

Conde became president in 2010 in the country's first democratic election after decades of fighting authoritarian regimes, during which he was sent into exile and prison.

In that election, he defeated Diallo in a run-off.

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