- Title: Former Guinea Bissau PM Embalo wins presidential election
- Date: 1st January 2020
- Summary: BISSAU, GUINEA BISSAU (JANUARY 1, 2020) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ELECTORAL COMMISSION PRESIDENT JOSE PEDRO SAMBU ARRIVING FOR ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS PROJECTION SHOWING PIE CHART WITH FINAL RESULTS OF THE ELECTION -- 293,359 (53.55%) VOTES FOR UMARO SISSOCO EMBALO AND 254,468 (46.45%) VOTES FOR DOMINGOS SIMOES PEREIRA PEOPLE IN THE ROOM LISTENING TO RESULTS PROJECTION SHOWING REGIONAL RESULTS FOR PEREIRA AND EMBALO - 59.87% FOR PEREIRA AND 40.13% FOR EMBALO (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) ELECTORAL COMMISSION PRESIDENT JOSE PEDRO SAMBU SAYING: "National vote: Domingos Simoes Pereira 254,468, equivalent to 46.45%. Umaro Sissoco Embalo, 293,359, equivalent to 53.55%."
- Embargoed: 15th January 2020 12:50
- Keywords: Embalo declared winner Guinea-Bissau election commission news conference Guinea-Bissau presidential election result Umaro Sissoco Embalo wins election
- Location: BISSAU AND GABU, GUINEA BISSAU
- City: BISSAU AND GABU, GUINEA BISSAU
- Country: Guinea-Bissau
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001BUCB687
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- Story Text: QUALITY AS INCOMING
Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister and ex-army general Umaro Cissoko Embalo won Sunday's presidential election with 54% of the vote, the electoral commission said on Wednesday (January 1).
Embalo, 47, who beat opponent Domingos Simoes Pereira in a run-off vote, will succeed incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz, whose tenure was marred by political infighting, an ill-functioning parliament and corruption.
Embalo, who served as prime minister under Vaz from 2016-18, faces the difficult task of overcoming a long-running political impasse and modernising the West African country of 1.6 million people, which has suffered nine coups or attempted coups since independence from Portugal in 1974.
Other challenges facing Embalo include widespread poverty and an unstable political system in which the majority party appoints the government but the president has the power to dismiss it.
(Production: Aliu Embalo, Yvonne Bell)
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