Guinea-Bissau: 2nd round voting begins

2014-05-18 10:33
An election official shows a ballot at a polling station in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau during national elections. (File, AFP)

An election official shows a ballot at a polling station in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau during national elections. (File, AFP)

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Dakar - Presidential elections in the chronically unstable West African nation Guinea-Bissau went into a second round on Sunday.

The top two candidates from last month's voting are vying in the runoff, Jose Mario Vaz and Nuno Gomes Nabiam.

Vaz, candidate of former liberation movement African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC), received 40.9% of votes in the first round. Independent candidate Nabiam came in second with 25.1%.

Eleven other candidates were in the running. The PAIGC, the country's largest party, won the parliamentary elections with 55 out of 102 seats. The polls are expected to replace a military-backed transitional government, which has run the small West African nation since an April 2012 coup.

The elections were postponed twice since November 2013 due to security concerns. The process is backed by international donors including the UN Development Programme and the European Union.

- SAPA
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