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Conde Seeks Controversial Third Term in Guinea Elections 

Civilians and soldiers line up to vote at a school in Conakry, Guinea, Oct. 18, 2020. (AP)

Voters in Guinea went to the polls Sunday to cast ballots for a president, as incumbent Alpha Conde seeks a controversial third term.

Conde, a member of the Rally of the Guinean People party, was the country’s first democratically elected leader since the country’s liberation from France in 1958. He came to power in 2010.

Conde faces opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, who served as prime minister under authoritarian leader Lansana Conte.

In March, President Conde pushed through a new constitution, arguing that it would modernize the country. But the move allowed for him to bypass a two-term limit for president, sparking protests throughout the country and warnings from international rights groups that the 82-year-old leader may be veering toward authoritarianism.

According to rights group Amnesty International, at least 50 people were killed and 200 injured in protests in the country since the beginning of this year.

If neither candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, a runoff election will take place.