By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A top Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) commander was quoted on Monday as saying the group would stick to a unilateral ceasefire announced at the weekend despite Turkish air strikes against its positions in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq. The government has dismissed the PKK ceasefire as a ploy ahead of November polls, where a pro-Kurdish party opposed to President Tayyip Erdogan will be seeking to strengthen a foothold in parliament. "We are obliged to maintain this halt to hostilities, without succumbing to doubt, as a legacy for those (killed in Ankara)," Firat news agency reported Murat Karayilan as saying in a radio broadcast to the PKK's militants in Turkey and Iraq.
Africa's leading producer of bauxite, the raw material for aluminum - has a history of election violence linked to ethnic tensions, including in a 2010 vote that brought President Alpha Conde to power after military rule. The 77-year-old Conde is widely expected to win a second mandate, though the results to be close enough to require a second round, probably against main rival Cellou Dalein Diallo. Casting his vote in the Conakry neighborhood of Boulbinet, Conde, dressed in a white tunic, reiterated an earlier call for calm.
Hundreds of protesters chanting anti-government slogans gathered in Istanbul on Saturday to try to march towards the city's central Taksim square, blaming the government for bomb attacks which killed at least 86 people in the capital Ankara. "Erdogan resign" and "Murderer AKP", some of the crowd in Istanbul shouted, accusing President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party of responsibility for the violence. Police have previously prevented demonstrators from trying to reach Taksim square, the epicenter of weeks of violent anti-government protests during the summer of 2013.