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BISSAU May 22 The losing candidate in a run-off
election for Guinea-Bissau's presidency, Nuno Gomes Nabiam, said
on Thursday he accepted the results after initially rejecting
them citing alleged fraud.
Nabiam's concession to election winner Jose Mario Vaz could
ease tensions in the coup-prone West African nation that has
been in turmoil since a 2012 military takeover.
A successful conclusion of the vote would also offer the
country a fresh start and renewed cooperation with donors after
decades of instability since independence from Portugal.
"For the sake of peace and stability, I accept the results
published by the electoral commission," Nabiam told a news
conference in the capital Bissau.
Electoral commission results on Tuesday showed Vaz, a former
finance minister and candidate for the dominant African Party
for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), won
Sunday's election with 61.9 percent of the vote to Nabiam's 38.1
Although he ran as an independent candidate, Nabiam, who
comes from the Balanta ethnic group, which is the country's
largest, was seen as close to Bissau's army which has always
meddled in the country's politics.
Guinea-Bissau's last election in 2012 was abandoned after
soldiers under General Indjai stormed the presidential palace
just days before another PAIGC candidate, Carlos Gomes Junior,
appeared poised for victory in a scheduled run-off.
(Reporting by Alberto Dabo; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by
Matthew Mpoke Bigg)