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Condé wins Guinea's first presidential poll

Supporters of Alpha Condé danced in the streets and carried his portrait yesterday hours after he was declared the winner of hotly contested presidential elections.

Overnight, gunfire rang out in two neighbourhoods after the National Independent Electoral Commission declared Mr Condé, a former university professor, the winner late on Monday with 52.5 per cent of the vote. Nearly 2.9 million ballots were counted.

It was Guinea's first free election since the West African nation won independence from France 52 years ago.