With Its Runoff Election, Guinea-Bissau Hopes to Move Past Years of Instability

Shoppers and vendors at Bandim Market in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, May 27, 2012 (AP photo by Rebecca Blackwell).
Shoppers and vendors at Bandim Market in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, May 27, 2012 (AP photo by Rebecca Blackwell).
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Guinea-Bissau will hold a runoff presidential election later this month, after a first round of voting in late November failed to produce a clear winner. The country has been mired in a long-running political crisis under President Jose Mario Vaz, who failed to advance to the second round. Instead, two of Vaz’s former prime ministers, Domingos Simoes Pereira and Umaro Embalo, will vie for the presidency on Dec. 29. The first stage of the election was mostly fair and peaceful—a relief for a country with a long history of political violence. In an email interview with WPR, Alex Vines, head […]

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