Former general and ex-Prime Minister Umaro Sissoco Embalo was brought to the head of Guinea-Bissau this Sunday, December 29, 2019 with 53.55% of the votes against his rival Domingos Simões Pereira. The latter, who cried out in scandal, contested the verdict at the polls and denounced “electoral fraud”.
The National Election Commission proclaimed, this Wednesday, January 1, 2020, the victory of the candidate of the opposition Madem party, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, for the presidency of Guinea-Bissau. The former Prime Minister was elected with 53.55% of the votes in the second round of the presidential election on Sunday, December 29, 2019.
His opponent, also a former Prime Minister, and leader of the country’s largest party, the PAIGC, Domingos Simões Pereira, won 46.45% of the vote, but did not admit defeat. He says the poll is tainted with fraud and announced that he plans to take the case to the country’s Supreme Court.
The turnout was 72.67%, virtually the same as that in the first round on November 24, 2019, for 761,676 registered voters. Domingos Simões Pereira came out on top in the first round with 40.1% of the vote while Umaro Sissoco Embalo only obtained 28%.
However, the newly elected president was able to count on the support of the main candidates eliminated in the first round, including the outgoing president José Mario Vaz, who only came in fourth place.