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Guinea Completes Long-Delayed Election



Voting has wrapped up in Guinea where citizens cast ballots in the first parliamentary elections in more than a decade.

Saturday's voting in the west African nation has been touted as the completion of Guinea's transition to democracy - a process that began with the democratic election of President Alpha Conde in 2010.

Some 1,700 candidates were seeking the 114 seats in the national assembly, which replace a transitional council formed in 2010.

Results of Saturday's vote are expected on Tuesday.

Guinea's parliamentary elections were postponed again and again for nearly two years, due to violent clashes and the threat of even more trouble if the vote were to go ahead. During the last week of campaigning, at least one person was killed and dozens more were injured.

Security was tight on Saturday, and voters stood in long lines to cast ballots.

Some people complained of voting irregularities, such as missing voting cards, a lack of indelible ink and polling stations that opened more than an hour later than scheduled.



The parliamentary elections are considered the last step in Guinea's transition from military dictatorship to civilian rule.

Saturday's polling fell on the fourth anniversary of a 2009 massacre of anti-government demonstrators.

Government forces fired on people protesting the military junta that ruled Guinea at the time. More than 150 people were killed and more than 100 women raped at a stadium in the capital, Conakry.

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