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Guinea-Bissau's election commission hails turnout

BISSAU--The turnout in Guinea-Bissau's presidential and parliamentary polls could exceed 70 percent, the election commission said on Monday.

The west African nation voted on Sunday in an election its people hope will turn the page on years of instability in a country plagued by drugs and upended by a military coup in 2012.

The figure, if confirmed, would be a record in a country where previous turnout has always been below 60 percent.

Mendes said the commission was making every effort to publish results from Wednesday.

The polls cap four decades of chaos marked by a series of mutinies since the west African nation won independence from Portugal, and commentators have called for the new regime to finally bring the military into line.

The impoverished country has been stagnating for two years under the rule of a transitional government backed by the all-powerful military, with the economy anaemic and cocaine trafficking fuelling corruption.

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