Guinea-Bissau electoral commission confirms Embalo as president

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, November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Christophe Van Der Perre

Guinea-Bissau’s national electoral commission confirmed former Prime Minister Umaro Cissoko Embalo as the winner of the presidential ballot.

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, November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Christophe Van Der Perre

Wednesday’s confirmation came after the Guinea-Bissau Supreme Court questioned the election results last week.

On Friday, the court called for a clarification of the tally hours after the electoral commission released the final results that showed Embalo’s victory with 54% of votes cast versus Domingos Simoes Pereira’s 46%.

“The Supreme Court ruling has been scrupulously followed,” the commission said in a statement released on Wednesday. “All that remains to do is follow the swearing-in procedure.”

Former Prime Minister and former army General Embalo had been hailed as the winner of last month’s runoff vote. But runner-up and ruling party candidate Pereira had contested the results saying the election was marred by fraud.

There was no immediate reaction on Wednesday from both politicians to the commission’s announcement.