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Timeline: Guinea's bumpy road from coup to election

(Reuters) - Guinea, one of the world’s biggest sources of the aluminum ore bauxite, will hold a presidential election on Sunday aimed at ending a political crisis that has persisted since a 2008 military coup.

Here is a timeline of recent Guinean political events:

December 1998 - Lansana Conte is re-elected president in a vote held after the arrest of his main challenger, Alpha Conde, for sedition. Conte is again re-elected for a seven-year term in 2003, in a vote boycotted by the main opposition parties and whose results were disputed.

January 2005 - Dissident soldiers try to assassinate Conte as he drives through the capital Conakry.

February 2007 - Conte appoints Lansana Kouyate as prime minister after a general strike and protests which kill more than 180.

May 2008 - Several people are killed in an army pay revolt.

December 23 - Government announces Conte’s death.

December 24 - Junta chief Captain Moussa Dadis Camara is chosen as de facto head of state after bloodless coup and says he will not stand for president in elections promised in 2010.

Sept 28, 2009 - Security forces kill more than 150 people after firing live rounds to disperse thousands of anti-junta protesters.

October 12 - A two-day general strike called by unions to protest the September killings begins, bringing Conakry to a halt and disrupting bauxite exports.

October 27 - Human Rights Watch report accuses junta of planning the September killings.

October 29 - The United States restricts the travel of junta members and the African Union imposes sanctions that include travel restrictions and the freezing of bank accounts.

October 30 - France halts cooperation with Guinean institutions and suspends funding of a highway project.

December 3 - Camara wounded in gun attack by his own soldiers.

December 4 - Camara evacuated to Morocco hospital for treatment of head wound. Defense Minister and deputy leader Sekouba Konate returns from trip abroad to take temporary control.

December 21 - U.N. report on September 28 protest crackdown lays responsibility on Camara.

January 12, 2010 - Camara arrives in Burkina Faso to convalesce following the assassination attempt.

January 15 - In the Burkinabe capital, Camara, Konate and junta officials sign the Ouagadougou Declaration to allow a national unity Government led by a civilian prime minister designated by the opposition, and elections within six months.

January 19 - Guinea appoints veteran opposition politician Jean-Marie Dore as prime minister, who forms a caretaker government made up of a mix of civilian and military leaders.

April 28 - Dore says Camara supporters are secretly plotting his return to the country, and any actions to disrupt a planned election will be quashed.

May 20 - Guinea’s army says it will support whomever wins next month’s presidential election and anyone trying to derail the vote will be crushed.

June 15 - Security forces free former head of the army and two other soldiers believed to be Camara allies, after arresting them days earlier as part of a corruption investigation.

June 27 - Presidential election.