Former Guinea Bissau PM Embalo wins presidential election – electoral commission

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Former Prime Minister and presidential candidate Umaro Cissoko Embalo chats with his supporters and members of his campaign team, after the results of the November 24 first-round poll, at a hotel lobby in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, on November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Christophe Van Der Perre/File Photo

BISSAU (Reuters) – Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Umaro Cissoko Embalo won Sunday’s presidential election with 54% of the vote, the electoral commission said on Wednesday.

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.

Reporting by Alberto Dabo; Writing by Edward McAllister; Editing by Louise Heavens

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