In a rare move, newly-elected president of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló tours eight African states – Senegal, Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Chad, and Equatorial Guinea, ahead of his inauguration on the 19th of February this year.
While on his tour, the Supreme Court in Guinea Bissau confirmed his victory, rejecting the petition which was filed by Domingos Simoes Pereira, from the traditional ruling PAIGC party alleging fraud.
Umaro Sissoco Embaló started his tour in West Africa, Senegal where he met with long-time “friend” Macky Saal. He scheduled to end the tour in Equatorial Guinea with Teodoro Obiang.
According to news report, the visit was meant to return gratitude to leaders who supported him during the political process, calling it a ‘thank you visit’.
Umaro has called for unity to strengthen ties among African leaders as such will help to maintain peace and stability on the continent, especially in Bissau. This is the first time since Independence in 1974 that Bissau is set to witness a peaceful transfer of power.