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Date:18 Mar 2012
Guinea-Bissau Elects a new President

Voters in Guinea-Bissau started voting 7:00am (0700 GMT) today to elect a new president for the next five years to replace Malam Bacai Sanha, who died two years into his administration in January following a long illness.

Nine candidates are running for the vacant office, but according to analyst, only four have a fighting chance.

These include Carlos Gomes Junior, 60, who stepped down as prime minister to run in the election as the candidate for the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (APIGCV),

The others are Kumba Yala, who ruled Guinea-Bissau from 2000 to 2003, lawmaker Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo and Henrique Rosa, a former businessman.

The election in the former Portuguese colony is being overseen by about 180 foreign observers.

In all, about 600,000 registered voters are expected to cast the votes and polls are scheduled to close at 7:00 pm.


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