January 22, 2020 / 2:16 PM / a month ago

Guinea-Bissau electoral commission confirms Embalo as president

FILE PHOTO: Umaro Cissoko Embalo chats with supporters and members of his presidential campaign team after the results of the first round of the election, held on November 24, in a hotel lobby in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Christophe Van Der Perre/File Photo

BISSAU (Reuters) - Guinea-Bissau’s national electoral commission confirmed former Prime Minister Umaro Cissoko Embalo as winner of the presidential ballot on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court threw the result into doubt last week.

On Friday the court had called for a clarification of the tally hours after the electoral commission released the final results that showed Embalo’s victory with 54% of votes cast versus Domingos Simoes Pereira’s 46%.

“The Supreme Court ruling has been scrupulously followed,” the commission said in a statement released on Wednesday. “All that remains to do is follow the swearing-in procedure.”

Former Prime Minister and former army General Embalo had been hailed as the winner of last month’s runoff vote. But runner-up and ruling party candidate Pereira had contested the results saying the election was marred by fraud.

There was no immediate reaction on Wednesday from both politicians to the commission’s announcement.

Reporting by Alberto Dabo; Writing by Juliette Jabkhiro; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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