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Guinea-Bissau Awaits Presidential Runoff Results

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A Guinea-Bissau soldier cast's his ballot at a polling station in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, May 18, 2014.

A Guinea-Bissau soldier cast's his ballot at a polling station in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, May 18, 2014.

Vote counting is under way in Guinea-Bissau after Sunday's second-round presidential election.

The poll is aimed at restoring constitutional order after a 2012 military coup, one of several to hit the country in its 40-year history.

Jose Mario Vaz of the dominant PAIGC party led the first round with 41 percent of the vote. His opponent, Nuno Gomes Nabiam, won 25 percent and is known for having close ties to the military.

Witnesses say Sunday's polling was peaceful. The country's election commission put voter turnout at between 60 and 65 percent - lower than the 80 percent recorded in the first round April 13.

It was not clear Monday when the commission will begin releasing results.
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