Guinea Bissau Elects New President As Outgoing President Shed Tears in New Year Nation Address

The 47-year-old, Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Umaro Cissoko Embalo beats rival Domingos Simoes Pereira by about 54% to 46% in the second round of the election to become the next President of Guinea Bissau.

Umaro Cissoko Embalo scored 27% in the first round while Domingos Simoes Pereira had a comfortable 41% win. Conversely, the incumbent who scored only 13% in the first round plus two other candidates all backed Embalo against Pereira in the runoff to offer what many commentators described as “an unexpected result

Election observers from the sub-regional bloc ECOWAS certify the Sunday’s run-off election as transparent. Nevertheless, Mr. Pereira – leader of the country’s revolutionary ruling party, PAIGC – contested that the election is “full of irregularities, annulment and manipulation“, undertakes to institute a challenge in the Supreme Court.

Since the former Portuguese colony gained independence in 1974, only the outgoing President, Jose Mario Vas completed his first term without assassination attempt or a coup in the trouble West African Nation.

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Guineans have since taken to the streets on Wednesday to celebrate the victory of the former army General, former Minister of African Affairs, and Prime Minister of Bissau.

Meanwhile, in a tearful farewell speech made on the eve of a new president being declared, outgoing president, Jose Mario Vaz urged prospect leaders to guarantee stability in the troubled West African State.

“We will write a new page in the history of our democracy,” Mario promised.

Read more here: Incumbent Jose Mario Vaz Accepts Defeat In Guinea Bissau’s Presidential Election

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