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Guinea-Bissau Releases First Round Election Results

Electoral officials in Guinea-Bissau have released the final results of the first-round of balloting to elect a president, with the second round to be held next month.

The electoral commission's announcement Saturday comes one day after police fired on demonstrators protesting the preliminary results, killing two people. A third person died later.

Officials today said former interim leader Malam Bacai Sanha came in first in the June 19 balloting with 35 percent support. Former military ruler Joao Bernardo Vieira was second with 29 percent while former president Kumba Yala was third with 25 percent.

The second round of voting is to be held between July 17 and the 24.

On Friday, supporters of Mr. Yala demonstrated in the capital, Bissau, over preliminary results that showed the former president failed to win enough votes to make it to the second round.

Mr. Yala beat Mr. Sanha in elections in 1999, but was later ousted in a coup.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.