Former Guinea Bissau Prime Minister, Embalo wins presidential election.
Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister and ex-army general, Umaro Embalo, has been declared the winner of Sunday’s presidential election with 54 per cent of the vote by the electoral commission.
47 year old Embalo, who beat another former Prime Minister, Domingos Pereira, in a run-off vote, will succeed incumbent President, Jose Vaz, whose tenure was marred by political infighting, an ill-functioning parliament and corruption.
Embalo, who served as prime minister under Vaz from 2016 to 2018, faces the difficult task of overcoming a long-running political impasse and modernizing the West African country of 1.6 million people, which has suffered nine coups or attempted coups since independence from Portugal in 1974.
Pereira, from the ruling PAIGC party, had won easily the most votes in the November first round, but Embalo’s candidacy gained support from the main contenders who failed to reach the run-off, including Vaz.
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.