Ex-coup leader wants to run in Guinea presidential election

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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A former coup leader who was forced into exile says he wants to run for president in Guinea's upcoming elections.

Moussa "Dadis" Camara was an army captain in 2008 when he seized power after the country's longtime dictator died.

He later was shot in the head in an assassination attempt by his own bodyguard and then agreed to go into exile in Burkina Faso afterward.

From his exile Camara formed a new political party and announced Monday he would be the party's candidate in the October vote.

It was not immediately clear whether Guinea's electoral commission would allow the former coup leader to run from outside the country.

Guinea, which suffered through decades of dictatorship and strongman rule, held its first democratic elections in 2010 after Camara left the country.

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