Guinea’s main opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo arrived in the capital Conakry yesterday ahead of this weekend’s election, greeted by hordes of animated supporters.
The city had earlier resounded to the sound of car horns as supporters of President Alpha Conde, who is seeking a controversial third term on Sunday, whisked through the city in a motorcade.
After about a week of combative campaigning, the 82-year-old president himself returned to the capital amid heightened political tension in the West African state.
Conde’s re-election bid comes after he pushed through a constitutional referendum in March, which he argued would modernise the country, but which allowed him to bypass a two-term limit for presidents.
Opposition to this triggered mass protests from last year October, sparking a massive crackdown by security forces and claiming dozens of lives.
Rights groups are increasingly critical of Conde, whom they say is veering towards authoritarianism.
Diallo’s motorcade proceeded through streets thronged with supporters wearing the green and white colours of his party yesterday, while a swarm of motorbike riders driving ahead of the opposition leader slalomed between the supporters.