Lansana ContéLansana Conté
) is the president of Guinea
. He seized power in 1984
(succeeding Ahmed Sékou Touré
) and has led the country since. In 2001
he won an election to let him stay in power after 2003
. He is widely seen as a strongman
. In December 2003 he won the presidential election with 95.6% of the vote.