Guinea-Bis­sau has new pres­i­dent

Pretoria News - - WORLD - | Daily Mail

BIS­SAU: 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 yes­ter­day. Em­balo, 47, who beat Domin­gos Si­moes Pereira in a runoff vote, will suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Jose Mario Vaz.

The West African coun­try has suf­fered nine coups since in­de­pen­dence from Por­tu­gal in 1974, poverty and an un­sta­ble po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in which the ma­jor­ity party ap­points the gov­ern­ment but the pres­i­dent has the power to dis­miss it.

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