Guinea-Bissau, a fragile nation in disarray, holds few hopes for its people as they prepare to vote

by Adam Nossiter

Supporters rallied Thursday for Malam Bacai Sanhá, a candidate in Guinea-Bissau, where the threat of violence haunts daily life. Photo: Joe Penney/Reuters

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau — First the general was blown up. Then the president was shot dead, the former prime minister was arrested and tortured, a presidential candidate was killed in his villa, and the former defense minister was ambushed and shot on the bridge outside town.

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