As Guineans go to the polls Sunday for the first round of the presidential election, here are eight key dates in the west African country since a 2008 coup d'etat:
– 2008: Leader dies, coup d'Etat –
December 22-23: a few hours after the official announcement of the death of Lansana Conte, who ruled for 24 years, army officers seize power in a bloodless coup.
Junta-leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara becomes head of the National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD), to which the overthrown government swears allegiance.
Camara promises to hold elections within a year.
– 2009: Repression –
September 28: Troops open fire on a crowd of opposition supporters gathered in a sports stadium in the capital Conakry to protest Camara's attempt to remain to power.
At least 157 people are killed. Hundreds more are wounded, dozens reported missing and more than 100 women raped.
December 3: Moussa Dadis Camara is shot in the head in an assassination attempt by a close aide. He survives and is flown to Morocco for medical treatment, later going to Burkina Faso to recuperate.
In January 2010, Sekouba Konate takes over as interim president and signs an accord with Camara providing for presidential elections.
In July 2015, Guinean magistrates indict Camara over the stadium massacre.
– 2010: first democratically elected president – READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON MAIL ONLINE