In his inaugural speech on Tuesday December 15, 2020 he urged Guineans to forget the divisive and turn towards a future of unity and hope.
Alpha Conde promised to “scrupulously respect the provisions of the constitution, the laws and the court decisions, to defend the constitutional institutions, the integrity of the territory and the national independence”.
“Everyone must uphold the law and ban violence from their words and acts, so that our country remains a community of freedom and responsibility,” Conde warned.
“We all hope for far-reaching and swift change. This is why we have to change practices and methods. We are firmly committed to fighting corruption, cronyism and patronage.”, said the 82 year old president.
Guests at the tightly-protected ceremony in the Mohammed V palace included 11 African heads of state as well as representatives from the United Nations, the regional ECOWAS bloc and France.
Conde was credited with 59.49 percent of the vote in the October 18 ballot while his main opponent, Cellou Dalein Diallo, garnered 33.5 percent, according to official figures.
The head of the constitutional court, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura, declared Conde’s next term would start officially on December 21.
The former opposition leader became the impoverished West African state’s first democratically-elected president in 2010 and won re-election in 2015.
He pushed through a new constitution in March which he argued would modernize the country.