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Guinea’s Diallo accepts presidential poll defeat

Friday December 3 2010

By (AFP)

Conakry, Friday

Guinea’s losing presidential poll candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo (left) on Friday accepted results of the election, saying he had no choice but to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision.

“Our complaints were not taken into account despite the strength of our arguments and the relevance of our evidence,” Diallo said in a statement referring to disputed results in a poll won by rival Alpha Conde.

“As Supreme Court decisions are final ... we have no choice but to abide by this judgement delivered by the highest judicial institution of the republic.”

Addressing his supporters he said commitment to peace and a united Guinea “commands us to stifle our frustration and our suffering, to remain calm and serene and avoid any form of violence.”

He added that he remained convinced “that our inevitable victory has only been delayed.”

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The special envoy of the United Nations secretary-general in West Africa, Said Djinnit, paid tribute to Diallo for accepting the outcome.

After a tense two-week wait under a state of emergency, imposed in the wake of three days of clashes after the initial announcement, the Supreme Court validated Conde’s victory with 52.5 percent of the votes early Friday.

The 72-year-old former opposition leader will become the country’s first democratically-elected president since independence from France in 1958.