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Guinea Bissau’s President fails to make it to run-off poll

Guinea Bissau’s incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz has failed to advance to the second round of voting in presidential election, finishing in a distant fourth. Results announced on Wednesday rather put two former Guinea-Bissau prime ministers in the lead. They would contest the presidential run-off vote. The electoral commission said Domingos Simoes Pereira finished first with 40% and Umaro Cissoko Embalo came second with 28% in the November 24 first-round poll. Commission president Jose Pedro Sambu told reporters that the presidential run-off will take place on December 29. This is…

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Guinea Bissau holds presidential poll after political chaos

Voters in Guinea Bissau are choosing a new president in Sunday’s presidential election after weeks of political chaos. More than 760,000 voters have registered to take part in the poll that opened at 07:00 GMT and will close at 17:00 GMT. There were violent protests ahead of Sunday’s elections after the incumbent president Jose Mario Vaz sacked his entire government last month. President Jose Mario Vaz, 61, is also seeking re-election for a second term. He still remains popular among a section of voters. Analysts however say the front-runner is…

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Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS forces newly appointed PM to resign

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has forced Guinea-Bissau’s newly appointed Prime Minister Faustino Fudut Imbali to resign. ECOWAS had given Guinea-Bissau an ultimatum to reverse the sacking of the country’s previous prime minister, Aristides Gomes. President Jose Mario Vaz named Imbali prime minister last week after sacking his entire cabinet but the sacked prime minister Aristides Gomes refused to step down. Gomes’ decision triggered a political crisis compounding the tension in the country ahead of a presidential election. President Vaz justified the sacking of the government saying it was…

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Guinea Bissau President ‘sacks his government’

President of Guinea Bissau Jose Mario Vaz on Monday sacked his entire government. He said the sacking was “with immediate effect.” The President’s decision was read out on national radio. President Vaz justified the sacking of the government saying it was as a result of a “serious political crisis” in the country. The radio announcement said the president considers the crisis serious which had “prevented the normal operation of some institutions”. Elections are due in Guinea Bissau next month and the latest move cast doubts over that process. Over the…

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