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Bissau election may bring stability

July 24, 2005 at 8:56 AM   |   Comments

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, July 24 (UPI) -- Voters in Guinea-Bissau will decide Sunday who their next president is after a 2003 coup and years of political turmoil.

The BBC reports that Malam Bacai Sanha, and former military ruler Joao Bernardo Vieira are both vying for the job and say they can bring calm to politics in the West African state.

Sanha was the top vote-getter in the first round of elections in June.

Former President Kumba Yala failed to get enough votes to qualify for the run-off.

1.5 million people live in the former Portuguese colony.

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