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Sunday, March 7, 1999 Published at 18:00 GMT


World: Africa

Equitorial Guinea votes for new parliarment


The people of Equatorial Guinea have been voting in parliamentary elections - the second since multi-party politics were introduced in 1993.

Thirteen parties are contesting eighty parliamentary seats in a poll that will give them a five year mandate.

Voting around the country was reportedly calm in many areas but the opposition said some of their supporters were barred from some polling stations.

The main opposition leader, Placido Mico said the conditions for a democratic election were not fully met.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, himself has predicted victory for his ruling Democratic Party of Equitorial Guinea which had sixty-eight seats in the last parliament.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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