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.
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.