Guinea legislative vote delayed
Guinea legislative vote delayed

A U.N. special envoy says hotly contested legislative elections in Guinea will be postponed by several days.

The vote was scheduled for Tuesday but now will take place next Saturday, according to a statement from Said Djinnit, who has brokered more than a dozen meetings between both sides.

Political parties and negotiators in the West African nation have been meeting since Friday afternoon in an effort to resolve the impasse over the upcoming polls.

Guinea suffered decades of dictatorship and strongman rule before the first democratic election in 2010. While that vote was intended to bring stability, it unleashed ethnic tensions.

Since then, Guinea’s capital has been repeatedly immobilized by violent protests over issues related to the legislative vote.

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