BISSAU (Reuters) – Former army general and ex-Prime Minister Umaro Cissoko Embalo said on Monday he was on course to win Guinea Bissau’s presidential election and his opponent urged the nation to await official results. An Embalo victory over Domingos Simoes Pereira, another former prime minister and the candidate of the ruling PAIGC party, would be a turnaround from November’s first round, in which Pereira comfortably won the most votes. The two competed in Sunday’s run-off to replace incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz, who was eliminated in the first round. Vaz’s five-year term was marred by regular political sackings, an ill-functioning parliament and high-level corruption, and voters said they hoped the next president would restore calm to the West African nation. Official results are not expected until Wednesday and the electoral commission has not commented on the vote count. Embalo campaign spokesman Djibril Balde said the victory claim was based on campaign tallies of preliminary results its observers had compiled in each region. Surrounded by a group of cheering supporters outside his campaign headquarters, Embalo told Reuters that Pereira had earlier called to congratulate him on his win. In a tweet, Pereira said: “A lot of fake news is circulating,… Read full this story
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