West African bloc recognises Guinea-Bissau's disputed president Umaro Sissoco Embalo

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West African nations recognised Umaro Sissoco Embalo as president of Guinea-Bissau.
West African nations recognised Umaro Sissoco Embalo as president of Guinea-Bissau.
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Bissau – West African nations on Thursday recognised Umaro Sissoco Embalo as president of Guinea-Bissau, after four months of dispute over whether his election was fraudulent.

Embalo won a run-off presidential vote in the chronically unstable country in December, according to the country's electoral authority.

But losing candidate Domingos Simoes Pereira, from the long-ruling PAIGC party, called the election fraudulent and took the case to the Supreme Court, which has not yet ruled.

Embalo, a former prime minister, declared himself president in February without waiting for the court, creating a political impasse.

The heads of state of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said in a statement that they recognised Embalo as president but also called for constitutional reform to be put to a referendum within six months.

READ | Guinea-Bissau urged to stick to election timeline

Experts have argued that the country's semi-presidential system contributes to its instability, with frequent clashes between the president and the prime minister.

Guinea-Bissau has known little but coups and instability since its independence from Portugal in 1974.

READ | Police seize 800kg of cocaine in Guinea-Bissau

The country has also long struggled with poverty and corruption and it has also become a transit route for South American cocaine heading to Europe.


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