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Guinea commission sets May 13 date for elections

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December 12, 2012 08:24 AM EST | AP

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CONAKRY, Guinea — Guinea's national electoral commission says it plans to hold long-awaited legislative elections in May.

Commission President Bakary Fofana made the announcement on national television late Tuesday. But opposition spokesman Mouctar Diallo expressed disapproval, calling the May 13 date a unilateral decision by the commission president.

The electoral commission's composition has been a source of tension in this West African country long plagued by dictatorship and strongman rule.

In 2010, Guinea succeeded in holding its first democratic presidential election since winning independence from France in 1958.

It now has a democratically elected president but not a functioning parliament because of the failure to organize legislative elections.