CONAKRY, 1 January 2021 – Authorities in Guinea have prevented the West African country’s main opposition leader, Cellou Dalein, from leaving the country.

Police at the international airport in the capital, Conakry, prevented Cellou Dalein, who was runner-up in Guinea’s presidential ballot of last October 18 from boarding a flight to Bamako, Mali, on Wednesday.

The police did not explain under who they were receiving orders from and would not answer questions from the opposition leader seeking to understand if he has committed a crime or is wanted for one to be prevented from leaving.

Guinea: Opposition Leader Canot Leave Country

Cellou Dalein – Photo Bloomberg

Cellou Dalein’s opposition UFDG party said Thursday that it was “one more act of intimidation and police harassment” of the political dissidents by Guinean President Alpha Conde.

According to the UFDG, Cellou Dalein was leaving the country for Bamako to attend the funeral of Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse.

The funeral was held Friday, according to family sources.

The opposition leader was credited with 33.5 percent of the votes cast in the last Guinean presidential election of last October 18.

Incumbent Alpha Conde was declared winner of a third term with 59.49 percent of the votes cast, according to official election results..

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