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Ruling party leading in legislative poll

Preliminary returns of Equatorial Guinea’s parliamentary elections yesterday show a large lead for the ruling Partido Democratico de Guinea Ecuatorial (PDGE) in nearly all districts, the BBC reported today. News organisations reported an 89 percent turnout. Final results are due to be published by 15 March. Reuters said 692 candidates from 13 parties contested the election for the 80-seat assembly. The main opposition Convergencia para la Democracia Social (CPDS) has dismissed the results in advance saying there has been massive fraud.
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