Saturday, February 4, 2012

Alpha Condé

Alpha Condé (born 4 March 1938) is a Guinean politician who has been President of Guinea since December 2010. He was a political science professor at the University of Paris and spent decades in opposition to a succession of regimes in Guinea, unsuccessfully running against President Lansana Conté in the 1993 and 1998 presidential elections and leading the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG), an opposition party. Standing again in the 2010 presidential election, which was widely considered the first truly credible election in Guinea's history, Condé was elected as President of Guinea in a second round of voting, according to official results.

Background and Personal Life
Condé was born on 4 March 1938 in Boké in western Guinea to Mandinka parents from Baro village, Kouroussa Prefecture, upper Guinea. Alpha is married to Djene Kaba Condé. He has one son by the name of Alpha Mohammed Condé.

Early life
Alpha Condé, who is an ethnic Mandinka, left for France at the age of 15 attend high school and university. After a stint at the Sorbonne, Alpha Condé received a graduate degree (DES) before becoming a doctorate in public law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He began his career as a teacher, teaching courses in the Faculty of Law and Economics at Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne for over ten years, then at the School of Telecommunications (PTT).

He was active in parallel within the National Union of Higher Education (SNESUP) and combined the functions of charge within the Association of Guinean students in France (AEGF), and within the Federation of Black African Students in France (FEANF), in which he was the Executive Coordinator of African National Groups (NG) from 1967 to 1975, overseeing the activities of the Directorate of FEANF.

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