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Early Results Hand Guinea Bissau Parliamentary Victory to Ex-Ruling Party

Authorities in Guinea Bissau say the former ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, PAIGC, appears to have won a strong victory in Sunday's parliamentary election.

The National Electoral Commission Friday announced preliminary results of the vote. Officials say the early results show PAIGC winning 67 of the 100 parliamentary seats.

The commission said voter turnout was 82 percent.

On Sunday, European Union monitors said the voting was smooth and peaceful.

International observers had hoped the election could end the political crisis sparked by July's collapse of a power-sharing government. President Joao Bernardo Viera dissolved parliament following the collapse.

Observers also said they hope the election can increase stability in the tiny West African nation, which is increasingly being used as a transit point by South American drug cartels shipping cocaine to Europe.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.