A Guinea Bissau presidential candidate on Monday withdrew his bid for the elections and called for a boycott of the March 18 vote, accusing the ruling party of preparing “large-scale fraud”. “I decided to withdraw from the race because the ruling party is preparing large-scale fraud” with “the complicity of the National Election Commission”, said Braima Alfa Djalo, the candidate of the National African Congress. He called for a boycott of the vote, saying that “all the administrative machine has been mobilised to ensure the victory of Carlos Gomes Junior”, the candidate of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde.
Gomes Junior was the west African country’s prime minister but recently appointed a minister to stand in for him during the elections. Guinea Bissau was heading to the polls as its leader Malam Bacai Sanha, who was elected in 2009, died on January 09 after a long illness. Raimundo Pereira is currently interim president.
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