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Guinea parties continue to negotiate upcoming vote

September 20, 2013

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Political parties and negotiators in the West African nation of Guinea are meeting through the night in an effort to resolve an impasse over upcoming legislative elections.

But it appeared increasingly unlikely late Friday that the long-awaited and highly contested vote would go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday.

Observers said the ruling party was ready to accept a poll delay of a week, but the opposition is seeking to postpone the election by one month.

Said Djinnit, the United Nations special envoy to the region, announced that a technical committee had been created to try and hammer out an agreement on issues including the voter list.

So far the U.N. has mediated more than a dozen meetings between the two sides.

Guinea held its first democratic presidential election in 2010.