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Election campaign posters in Bissau, in Guinea-Bissau on Nov. 23.
Election campaign posters in Bissau, in Guinea-Bissau on Nov. 23.Photographer: John Wessels/AFP via Getty Images
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Bags of rice, cell phone credit and mobile phones were just some of the freebies that politicians in the remote West African nation of Guinea-Bissau handed out in the run-up to Sunday’s presidential election.