Guinea-Bissau voters go to the polls for a second round of voting in this month December to decide on their next president. Results of the first round show that no candidate gathered the 50 percent needed to win outright.
Former Prime Ministers Domingos Simoes Pereira and Umaro Sissoko Embalo will face each other in a December 29 second round election to decide who will be the next president of Guinea-Bissau. First-round results announced Wednesday showed Pereira 56 years old former head of government, taking the lead in the first round with 40.13% of the vote and Embalo trailing with per 47 years old 27.65% of the vote. Nuno Nabiam won 13,16%. As for actual president José Mario Vaz, he had only 12,41% of the vote.
Embalo, a former military officer, is the candidate for newly-formed party MADEM G-15. The party was founded after members broke away from the PAIGC after a political crisis ensued in 2015, when current President Jose Mario Vaz fired Pereira from the prime minister’s position.
Young voters have said their main goal is that Guinea-Bissau move forward.
Meanwhile, another round of campaigning will start on December 13.
Mamadou Saliou Diallo