Guinea Bissau: Elections Head To Runoff Between Two Former Prime Ministers

  • 28 November 2019 (Photo Credit


    The electoral commission of Guinea-Bissau says two former prime ministers have advanced to a runoff presidential election in the country next month.

    The commission announced Wednesday that Domingos Simoes Pereira and Umaro Sissoco Embalo will contest the Dec. 29 runoff after receiving the most votes among 12 candidates in Sunday’s election. Pereira received just over 40% while Embalo received over 27%.

    President Jose Mario Vaz, who has been in power since 2014, came in fourth with just over 12% of the vote. The electoral body says turnout was almost 75%.

    Journalist Bram Posthumus is in the capital Bissau. She spoke to WADR following the electoral commission’s announcement.