Guinea-Bissau’s election results welcomed in Portugal

Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva on Wednesday welcomed Guinea-Bissau’s election results and expressed his country’s intention to work with the president-elect for stronger bilateral ties, Lusa News Agency reported.

Provisional results published Wednesday by the National Election Commission of Guinea-Bissau showed that former prime minister Umaro Sissoco Embalo has won the presidential election.

Embalo, candidate of the Movement for Democratic Alternation, obtained 53.55 percent of the votes during the presidential election runoff held on Dec. 29.

Santos Silva stressed the “enormous civility and democratic maturity” demonstrated by the people of Guinea-Bissau in the presidential elections, saying they “are very important because they close a political-electoral cycle,” which everyone hopes will result in “Guinea-Bissau’s institutional stability.”