Guinea Bissau President Out, Election Race Down to Two Ex-PMs

Two of Guinea-Bissau's former prime ministers are set to take part in a presidential election run-off after winning the majority of the votes in the first-round poll held on November 24. Domingos Simoes Pereira finished first with 40% of the vote representing the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), while Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who represents Madem - an opposition party composed of PAIGC rebels - came second with 28%. Incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz was eliminated from the race after receiving just 12% of the vote.

Domingos Simoes Pereira, left, and Umaro Sissoco Embalo are due to face off in a presidential runoff vote on December 29.

Poll workers count the votes following the first round of the 2019 presidential election in Guinea Bissau.

José Mário Vaz, President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau

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