Guinea Bissau Poll Inspires Optimism But Risks Remain

Late 2019, Guinea Bissau went to the polls to decide who would replace José Mário Vaz as president. Decades of instability and military intervention came down to this one moment. The election was a run-off pitting Domingos Simões Pereira against Umaro Sissoco Embaló after Vaz failed to make the cut-off in the first round of voting. Both Pereira and Embaló previously held the prime ministership. Emabló was also once a member of Pereira's ruling party before leaving it to form his own, winning the election with 53%. What might this mean for coup risk and stability in future in Guinea Bissau, writes Clayton Besaw and Jonathan Powell for The Conversation.

Poll workers at Guinea Bissau (file photo)

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