Umaro Embalo officially becomes president in Guinea-Bissau

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Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Umaro Cissoko Embalo, the winner of Sunday's presidential run-off vote, is pictured on December 28, 2019 in Bissau. Seyllou/AFP

President-elect of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo will officially be sworn into power later on Thursday.

“The inauguration ceremony will take place in one of the hotels in the capital Bissau and all political and constitutional procedures have been exhausted,” said President-elect Embalo.

Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Umaro Cissoko Embalo, the winner of Sunday’s presidential run-off vote, is pictured on December 28, 2019 in Bissau. Seyllou/AFP

Embalo, a 47-year-old former general and prime minister won 53.55% of the votes in the December 29 elections, according to the National Electoral Commission.

Domingos Simoes Pereira, from Guinea-Bissau’s traditional ruling party, the PAIGC, won 46.45% – a score that he has denounced as a fraud.

The Supreme Court, responding to a petition filed by the PAIGC, has issued rulings requiring a check of the vote tally sheets.

However, this has failed to resolve the dispute, and a row has brewed between the Supreme Court and the election panel.

On Tuesday, the election commission confirmed the results that it had announced, while the PAIGC stood by its objections.

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