- Title: Two Guinea-Bissau ex-premiers prepare for presidential runoff
- Date: 28th December 2019
- Summary: ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EMBALO SEATED ON STAGE VARIOUS OF SUPPORTERS CHEERING EMBALO ON STAGE SPEAKING TO INCUMBENT PRESIDENT JOSE MARIO VAZ SUPPORTERS CHEERING (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, UMARO CISSOKO EMBALO, SAYING: "Domingos Simoes Pereira and his Prime Minister Aristides Gomes misappropriated 30 billion CFA Francs from the state, that's seven months of your salaries. You have to punish them with the ballots, vote massively against them so they will remember it all their lives." BISSAU, GUINEA BISSAU (DECEMBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DOMINGOS SIMOES PEREIRA ENTERING ROOM TO ATTEND ELECTION DEBATE WHICH HIS RIVAL EMBALO DID NOT ATTEND VARIOUS OF PEREIRA SEATED ON STAGE AS JOURNALISTS TAKE NOTES JOURNALISTS TAKING NOTES PEREIRA SPEAKING JOURNALISTS TAKING NOTES PEREIRA SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (French) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, DOMINGOS SIMOES PEREIRA, SAYING: "Sorting out social issues is an everyday job, a president of the republic is the one communicates with the nation, he's the one who listens to the different levels of our society, he knows how women live, he knows how the youth look into the future, he knows how the elderly are treated within society, it's a continuous exercise of discovering challenges and go beyond those challenges. BISSAU, GUINEA BISSAU (RECENT - NOVEMBER 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEREIRA SUPPORTERS WALKING IN THE STREET BEFORE A RALLY
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- Keywords: Domingos Simoes Pereira Umaro Cissoko Embalo crisis elections guinea bissau president
- Location: BISSAU, GUINEA BISSAU
- City: BISSAU, GUINEA BISSAU
- Country: Guinea-Bissau
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA005BBW24P3
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- Story Text: Two former Guinea-Bissau prime ministers prepare to face off on Sunday (December 29) as the country heads to the polls for the second round of Presidential elections after five years marked by infighting and corruption scandals.
As election campaigns come to a close, candidates participate in their last rallies before Sunday's vote.
Domingos Simoes Pereira finished the previous round first with 40% and Umaro Cissoko Embalo came second with 28% in the November 24 first-round poll
Pereira campaigned as a moderniser whose promise to bolster health and education made him popular with younger voters in Bissau.
Embalo, 47, who served as prime minister under Vaz from 2016-18, said he will win the second round of the elections and lead a crusade against drug trafficking and corruption.
Incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz had governed the tiny West African country since 2014. Critics say he failed to control corruption or the flow of drugs through forested islands off the coast.
Bissau has intercepted over 2.5 tonnes of cocaine this year believed en route from South America to Europe.
The political instability has hurt the economy, which depends heavily on volatile prices for cashew nuts, the main income source for over two-thirds of households.
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