Alpha Condé (born 4 March 1938) is a Guinean politician who has been President of Guinea since December 2010. He spent decades in opposition to a succession of regimes in Guinea, unsuccessfully running against President Lansana Conté in the 1993 and 1998 presidential elections and leading the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG), an opposition party. Standing again in the 2010 presidential election, Condé was elected as President of Guinea in a second round of voting. When he took office that December, he became the first freely elected president in the country’s history. Condé was reelected in 2015 with almost 58 percent of the vote.
Enrolled in the primary school of the Center in Conakry, then in the College of the Fathers in Dixinn, Alpha Condé left for France at the age of 15, after having obtained his certificate. Pupil in second class at Lycée Gambetta (Pierre-de-Fermat) in Toulouse, he continued his studies in Louviers, where relations of his father entrusted him to the mayor, Pierre Mendès France, who became his tutor during his classes of first and terminal. He passed his baccalaureate in Paris, at the Lycée Turgot, where he sympathized with Bernard Kouchner, whom he considered his brother .
After a stint at the Sorbonne, Alpha Condé obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a diploma of higher studies (DES), before obtaining a PH.D in public law at the law faculty of the University of Paris-I.