Alpha Condé’s presidential inauguration, three days before Christmas in 2010, was a hopeful fresh start for Guinea after decades of corrupt, authoritarian rule and political turmoil.

"I will try in my small way to be Guinea’s [Nelson] Mandela and unite every son of Guinea," he said on taking his oath after the highly contested election...

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