Yemen says vote turnout over 60 pct despite boycott

By REUTERS
February 25, 2012 02:45

 
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SANAA - Yemen said on Friday more than 60 percent of eligible voters had taken part in a one-candidate election to replace President Ali Abdullah Saleh with his deputy Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, though many areas of the country boycotted the poll.

Mohammed Hussein al-Hakimi, head of the body that oversaw Tuesday's election, said 6.6 million people voted out of a total of some 10 million who registered, plus others who were of voting age but had not been registered.

"This number...6,653,192 who voted for the presidential candidate, represents 99.8 of valid votes, and renders him (Hadi) the victorious candidate," he said.

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