Military-led Guinea holds first free election since 1958

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Voters in Guinea cast ballots Sunday in the first free election since the west African nation gained independence in 1958.

The country has been ruled by a series of authoritarian and military dictators since it gained independence from France, its former colonial master.

The most recent coup came in December 2008, the day after the death of longtime President Lansana Conte, who had himself seized power in 1984.

Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara led the 2008 coup and promised elections and the introduction of civilian rule, but by the following summer it seemed clear that he planned to run for president himself, according to the U.S. State Department....

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