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Guinea-Bissau announces record turnout in elections

04/23/2014 16:53 GMT

BISSAU, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Turnout in Guinea-Bissau's watershed presidential and parliamentary polls was just under 90 percent, the election commission announced on Wednesday, a record for the impoverished west African nation.

The country went to the polls on April 13 for the first time since a military coup, in a vote aimed to turn the page on decades of political instability and military violence.

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West and Central Africa Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 14 - 22 April 2014

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
MUSLIMS BLOCKED FROM FLEEING TO CAMEROON; 540 FLEE TO CHAD
UN reports that armed militias are blocking the main roads used by Muslim civilians fleeing CAR for Cameroon, and attacking evacuees; an estimated 14,000 Muslims remain trapped in Boda, surrounded by anti-Balaka armed groups threatening the minority population; 540 Muslims previously trapped in Bossangoa were relocated to Chad through an inter-agency organized escorted convoy.

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Elections générales en Guinée-Bissau: taux de participation record à 89,29% (officiel)

04/23/2014 15:38 GMT

BISSAU, 23 avril 2014 (AFP) - Le taux de participation aux élections présidentielle et législatives du 13 avril en Guinée-Bissau a été de 89,29%, un record pour ce pays lusophone d'Afrique de l'Ouest, a annoncé mercredi à Bissau la Commission électorale nationale (CNE).

"Ces élections ont eu le taux de participation le plus élevé de toute l'histoire des élections en Guinée-Bissau avec 89,29%", a déclaré le président de la CNE, Augusto Mendes, en communiquant devant la presse les résultats complets provisoires de la présidentielle et des législatives.

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Mali + 16 others
Afrique de l’Ouest Bulletin Mensuel des Prix Avril 2014

L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.

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Mali + 14 others
West Africa Price Bulletin April 2014

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

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Guinea + 6 others
Ebola: Sub-regional Snapshot - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau (19 April 2014)

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

Guinea and Liberia are the two countries where the Ebola virus has been detected. As of today, 125 people have died as a consequence of the virus (112 in Guinea and 13 in Liberia). In Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire there have been some suspected cases that are under investigation. Adults are more at risks of Ebola, especially those who have be in close contact with infected individuals, such as health workers.

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Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the Legislative and Presidential Elections in Guinea Bissau

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European Union

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton made today the following statement:

'I welcome the successful legislative and presidential vote on 13 April in Guinea Bissau and pay tribute to the people of Guinea Bissau, who have shown a strong commitment to electoral democracy by turning out in high numbers and peacefully exercising their democratic rights.

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Guinée-Bissau : l'ONU salue le déroulement des élections dans le calme

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UN News Service

14 avril 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a félicité lundi le peuple de Guinée-Bissau pour sa participation dans le calme aux élections présidentielle et législatives de dimanche.

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Ending the Vicious Cycle of Instability in Guinea Bissau: What Next After 2014 Elections?

The political history of Guinea Bissau has been characterized by multiple coups d’état and assassinations of some presidents since independence in 1974: three presidents were overthrown, one assassinated and one died due to illness in office. Drug trafficking spanning over a decade has further exacerbated the instability of the country and also accounts for the power struggles and deterioration of relations between the army and political elites.

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Experts hail strong turnout in Guinea-Bissau elections

04/14/2014 19:30 GMT

by Stephane Barbier

BISSAU, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - Almost three-quarters of Guinea-Bissau's eligible voters turned out for watershed elections called to turn the page on years of political instability and military violence, officials said on Monday.

Voters went to the polls on Sunday in the first presidential and parliamentary polls in the west African nation since a military coup in 2012.

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UN chief commends Guinea-Bissau people for orderly, peaceful elections

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14 April 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the people of Guinea-Bissau for their orderly and peaceful participation in yesterday’s presidential and legislative elections, and called on all candidates to respect the upcoming results.

“By participating in high numbers, they have clearly expressed their desire for the full return to constitutional order in their country,” said Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric in a statement.

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Elections en Guinée-Bissau: 70% de participation pour dire non à la violence

04/14/2014 19:38 GMT

Par Stéphane BARBIER et Allen Yero EMBALO

BISSAU, 14 avril 2014 (AFP) - La participation à la présidentielle et aux législatives de dimanche en Guinée-Bissau a été d'environ 70%, a annoncé lundi la commission électorale, signe fort de la volonté des électeurs d'en finir avec la violence politico-militaire dans leur pays.

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La Guinée-Bissau a voté en masse pour tourner la page des putschs

04/13/2014 18:37 GMT

Par Stéphane BARBIER et Allen YERO EMBALO

BISSAU, 13 avril 2014 (AFP) - Les électeurs de Guinée-Bissau ont voté massivement et calmement dimanche pour la présidentielle et les législatives, en espérant qu'elles permettront de tourner la page des coups d'Etat à répétition, le dernier datant d'avril 2012.

Le dépouillement a débuté juste après la fermeture des bureaux de vote prévue à 18h00 GMT. En fait plusieurs sont restés ouverts une demi-heure de plus pour que les électeurs encore présents puissent voter.

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Guinea-Bissau votes in watershed elections

04/13/2014 14:57 GMT

by Stephane Barbier

BISSAU, April 13, 2014 (AFP) - Guinea-Bissau held watershed presidential and parliamentary elections Sunday aimed at ushering in a new era of stability in a country plagued by drugs and upended by a military coup.

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.

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Back to the ballot-box - Guinea-Bissau seeks stability

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IRIN

BISSAU, 11 April 2014 (IRIN) - Guinea-Bissau observers doubt that the long-delayed post-coup presidential election set for 13 April will be sufficient to jolt the country back to stability. But there are hopes that the polls will restore constitutional order, revive donor support and stabilize the economy.

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Guinea + 6 others
La diffusion d’informations vitales permet de ralentir la propagation du virus Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest

DAKAR, Sénégal, le 10 avril 2014 - Avec les Ministères de la santé et d'autres partenaires dans sept pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest, l'UNICEF utilise tout un arsenal de communication (textos SMS via téléphones mobiles, émissions de radio, programmes de télévision et campagnes de porte-à-porte) pour diffuser des informations d’importance critique en vue d’enrayer la propagation du virus Ebola, un virus souvent mortel.

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As Guinea-Bissau votes in bid for stability, UN urges respect for results

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UN News Service

11 April 2014 – With preparations supported by the United Nations, voters in Guinea-Bissau head to the polls this Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections many hope will bring stability to the tiny West African nation.

Postponed several times, the elections will be the first to take place since the 2012 military coup which ousted interim President Raimundo Pereira. They are widely seen as essential to restoring constitutional order, economic growth and development.

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Guinea + 6 others
Life-saving information helps reduce spread of Ebola across West Africa

DAKAR, Senegal, 10 April 2014 – Together with Ministries of Health and other partners across seven countries in West Africa, UNICEF is using text messaging through mobile phones, radio shows, TV programmes and door-to-door campaigns to disseminate life-saving information in an effort to contain the often-fatal Ebola virus.

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Guinea + 6 others
Ebola: Sub-regional Snapshot - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau (9 April 2014)

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

The Ebola virus has been detected and confirmed in Guinea and Liberia. So far 111 deaths have been reported in these two countries (101 in Guinea and 10 in Liberia). There has been suspected cases in Sierra Leone and Mali; confirmation of these cases is ongoing.

Ebola primarily affects adults, and in particular, those who have sustained contact with other infected individuals, such as health workers.