The outgoing President of Guinea Bissau, soft-spoken Jose Mario Vaz has accepted defeat in the preliminary rounds of the Sunday Presidential elections held in the unstable West African nation of Guinea Bissau, a promised he made earlier.
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Jose Mario Vas is the first President to complete a single term without assassination attempt or a coup since 1974, and the first incumbent to accept defeat in Guinea Bissau.
Independent Vaz scored only 12.41 percent in the election, confirming the end of his presidency since 2014.
His former two Prime Ministers, Domingos Simoes Pereira of the revolutionary African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), and Umaro Cissoko Embalo topped Sunday’s presidential election with 40.13 percent and 27.65 percent of the votes respectively, the commission proclaimed on Wednesday.
Domingos Pereira is expected to win the second round of the election scheduled for 2nd December 2019.
With the hope that his acceptance of defeat will offer a new start to the people of Bissau, many around the world have applauded Jose Mario Vaz, for his exemplary leadership.