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Main opponent of Alpha Condé for the presidential election of October 18, Cellou Dalein Diallo believes that the outgoing head of state is no longer fit to exercise his function. “He should agree to retire with dignity”, he said in an interview with France 24 and RFI, from Macenta, in Forest Guinea, about the one he accuses of “violating the Constitution” by seeking a third mandate.
In an interview with France 24 and RFI, Cellou Dalein Diallo, former Prime Minister and head of the Union des forces democratiques de Guinea (UFDG), draws a gloomy assessment of the two terms ofAlpha Condé. He accuses the Guinean head of state of failing to keep his economic promises, of having “rolled back democracy” and of “dividing Guinea”. In addition, the demonstrations in the country have “always been suppressed in the blood, its record is negative”, he insists.
According to him, the outgoing president, 82, is “tired” and no longer fit to preside over the country. He therefore invites him to withdraw from the presidential race instead of “violating the Constitution” by running for a third term, and thus receive all the honors due to a former head of state. “He no longer has the physical and intellectual capacity to perform this function,” said the opponent on our airwaves. “The presidential function is too demanding. He does not have the physical capacity to go and meet the populations, to present his report, to ask what their concerns are … I think he should accept to retire with dignity “.
Cellou Dalein Diallo assumes, for his part, his decision to go to the election on October 18, despite instructions to boycott the opposition. He specifies that his party has set up a system to check the transparency of the results.
Finally, the opposition leader, who calls for a “sanction vote” against the outgoing president, says he is ready to admit his defeat, if any, while saying he is convinced to win. “In case we lose, I will be the first to congratulate Mr. Alpha Condé,” he said.
He warns, however, that if Alpha Condé refuses to concede defeat or manipulates the results, he will call on his supporters to take to the streets, in order to oppose an “electoral hold-up”, but in a peaceful manner.