Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential runoff to end turmoil

Electoral officials count the votes after the closing of a polling station for the presidential elections in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau on November 24. – EPA pic, December 29, 2019.

VOTERS in Guinea-Bissau cast their ballots in a presidential runoff today with the hope of ending months of political turmoil in the coup-prone West African state that is one of the world’s poorest nations.

Some 700,000 registered voters have a choice between two former prime ministers: Domingos Simoes Pereira, from the traditional ruling PAIGC party, and opposition figure Umaro Sissoco Embalo.

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