The candidate of the historic party and dominant in Guinea-Bissau has arrived largely ahead of the first round of the presidential election and will face the second another former prime minister of this country in West Africa undermined by poverty and instability political, according to official results released Tuesday.
Domingos Simoes Pereira, 56, head of government in 2014-2015, won 40.13 percent of the vote in Sunday’s poll. He is ahead of Umaro Sissoco Embalo, 47, prime minister between 2016 and 2018, who won 27.65% of the vote, according to preliminary results released by the National Electoral Commission.
The second round is scheduled for December 29th. Mr. Pereira is the candidate of the PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde), which has a relative majority in the parliament from the legislative elections of March 2019. Mr. Embalo, he, the inauguration of PAIGC dissent, Madem.
These are two products of the system that will compete in the succession of President José Mario Vaz, elected in 2014 and new candidate in 2019. He arrived only fourth, with 12.41% of votes, a first round considered regular by foreign and domestic observers.
The stability of this small country of 1.8 million inhabitants in a state of almost permanent political crisis is one of the major issues of the election. It is indispensable to the reforms necessary to combat the evils which afflict this old Portuguese colony like the great poverty, the corruption spread until in the ruling classes and the traffic of cocaine coming from South America.