Guinea votes in long-delayed parliamentary election
CONAKRY (REUTERS) - Guineans voted on Saturday in a parliamentary election to complete its transition to democracy after a 2008 military coup and end decades of political instability.
The election, two years overdue, is the first democratic parliamentary vote since independence from France in 1958. A disputed result could reignite ethnic and political violence that has killed dozens in the run-up to voting.
Elected lawmakers will replace a transitional council that has been in place since 2010, and a smooth election could usher in a period of stability needed to attract investments in Guinea's mining sector where investor interest has waned due to the political violence and the collapse of metal prices.
Guinea's bauxite, iron ore, gold and diamond reserves have failed to translate into prosperity and progress for the country of 11.5 million people due to years of misrule.