Guinea-Bissau poll heads to run-off

2012-03-21 20:00
Bissau - Guinea-Bissau's former prime minister Carlos Gomes narrowly missed a first round election win and will face ex-president Kumba Yala in a run-off vote on April 22, the polling chief said on Wednesday.

Gomes, 62, who stepped down as prime minister to contest the election, came first with 48.97% of the vote, according to results announced by elections chief Desejado Lima de Costa.

He needed an absolute majority of votes to prevent a second voting round.

Gomes is followed by Yala with 23.36% of ballots cast, while national assembly speaker Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo scored 15.75% and another former leader Henrique Rosa 5.4%.

Yala retains strong support among his Balanta ethnic group despite being ousted in 2003 following three years at the head of a regime plagued by instability.

The former president on Tuesday led a call by five opposition candidates to have the poll annulled, saying it was riddled with fraud.

This has stoked fears of further trouble in the coup-prone state after the assassination of former military intelligence chief Samba Diallo by men in military dress on Sunday.

Since winning independence through armed combat in 1974, Guinea-Bissau's army and state have remained in constant, often deadly, conflict, with the result that no president has ever completed a full term in office.

Three have been overthrown in coups and one was assassinated in office in 2009.

Sunday's election was held after the last president, Malam Bacai Sanha, died in January following a long illness.
Read more on:    kumba yala  |  guinea-bissau  |  west africa  |  guinea-bissau elections

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

It may be hard to maintain a steady rhythm as you find yourself juggling a zillion things. Slow down a little and let go of more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.