Guinea's Conde favourite to win second term as opposition divided

lunes 14 de septiembre de 2015 07:51 GYT

* Ethnic division, personal rivalries mean opposition cannot unite

* Conde's first term was hit by Ebola and metals price slump

* Many voters to back Conde for bringing power to capital

* Prospect of unrest surrounding polls

By Saliou Samb

CONAKRY, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Posters on the streets of Guinea's capital Conakry carry the beaming image of President Alpha Conde and a simple message about who will succeed him after next month's election: "After him, it's him again."

The West African country has known only four rulers since independence from France in 1958 and analysts suggest there is little chance of a leadership change in Oct. 11's presidential poll.

Despite a stagnant economy and an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus still simmering after nearly two years, Conde is a strong favourite thanks largely to deep divisions within an opposition riven by ethnic and personal rivalries.

While the opposition has haggled over the technicalities of the vote, Conde's Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) party has quietly rolled out a campaign under the slogan "Progress is on the march", championing infrastructure achievements in his first term and promising more to come.   Continuación...