2 killed in South Sudan during elections: UN

Two people were killed during a clash between security forces and supporters of an independent candidate in elections in south Sudan, U.N. said

2 killed in South Sudan during elections: UN

Two people were killed during a clash between security forces and supporters of an independent candidate in elections in south Sudan's oil-producing Unity state on Friday, the United Nations and officials said.

The killings were the first serious violence reported during the announcement of results in Sudan's complex presidential, legislative and gubernatorial elections.

The violence erupted in the state capital, Bentiu, on Friday after a radio announcement saying independent Angelina Teny had lost the race to become Unity governor to incumbent Taban Deng Gai, a member Teny's campaign team told Reuters, asking not to be named.

"From what I understand there was some sort of a demonstration over a gubernatorial radio announcement," U.N. regional coordinator for southern Sudan David Gressly told Reuters.

"It's not clear how it happened but there seems to have been some shooting and two people were killed and four were wounded."

Gressly said it appeared security forces had tried to disperse the crowd. The dead and injured were all civilians, he added.

Sudan's National elections Commission announced late on Friday that Gai, from the south's dominant Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), won the gubernatorial race with 137,636 votes, with Teny in second place with 63,500 votes.

Teny, the wife of South Sudan's Vice President Riek Machar, sparked controversy when she decided to run as an independent against her own party after failing to get the SPLM nomination.

Reuters

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