The Bissau-Guinean electoral commission announced the victory of former Prime Minister Umaru Sissoco Emballo.
Mr Emballo was elected with 53.55% against his rival Domingos Simoes Pereira who had only 46.45% of the votes cast.
This victory marks the end of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) hegemony era of Domingos Simoes Pereira who came first in the first round with 40.1% of the vote.
Umaro Sissoco Embalo, 47, is a PAIGC alumnus, who dissented by creating the Movement for the Democratic Alternative (Madem).
Elected President of Guinea Bissau at the age of 47, here is the story of the Madem G15 candidate, Umaro Sissoco Embaló.
Madem G15 candidate Umaro Sissoco Embaló won the second round of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. He obtained 53.55% of the votes cast, against 46.45% for Domingos Simões Pereira, candidate invested by the PAIGC, according to official figures issued by the by the National Election Commission (CNE).
At 47, the man known as “the general”, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, won the presidential election in which he ran under the label of the Movement for the Democratic Alternative (Madem G-15).
He won 53.55% of the vote, against 46.45% for his opponent, Domingos Simões Pereira, candidate invested by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC).
Turnout stands at 72.67%, virtually identical to that of the first round on November 24.
A former general and graduate in political science, Umaro Sissoco Embaló was the Prime Minister of José Mario Vaz between November 2016 and January 2018. That same year, with other dissident elected members of the PAIGC, he founded Madem G-15.
Leading the first round on November 24 with 40.13% of the vote, the PAIGC leader nevertheless had a comfortable lead over the one who beat him after the second: Umaro Sissoco Embaló had indeed collected while 27.65% of the vote.
But if the members of the Domingos Simões Pereira campaign team displayed their confidence, judging the second round won in advance, Umaro Sissoco Embaló did not admit defeat.
“Nothing is played out. If God wills, I will be next president,” he said to Jeune Afrique Newspaper on December 12.
And the score garnered by the new Bissau-Guinean president shows that the unifying posture he adopted in the inter-lap has paid off: Umaro Sissoco Embaló has benefited from the carryover of votes from most political parties with a candidate in this ballot.
In addition to the support of Carlos Gomes Júnior (2.66% of the votes in the first round), a former Prime Minister and former PAIGC leader who broke with the party, Umaro Sissoco Embaló has, above all, obtained “unconditional support” from Nuno Gomes Nabiam, a true third man in the first round (13%).
José Mário Vaz, the outgoing president, who came in fourth (12.41%), also gave him official support the day after the first round. In his last speech to the nation as president, Tuesday evening, the one who is the first head of state since the establishment of the multiparty system in Guinea-Bissau to end his mandate without being deposed or murdered, had called for “calm pending final results. ”
A Portuguese-speaking country in West Africa with 1.8 million inhabitants, Guinea Bissau is a former Portuguese colony.
Since independence in 1974, it has experienced four coups and 16 putsch attempts.
Source: BBC and Jeune Afrique.