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Guinea-Bissau Leader Loses Vote as Ex-PMs Head for Run-Off

  • President Vaz eliminated after picking up 12% in support
  • Pereira to contest next month’s second round against Embalo
Jose Mario Vaz waves before casting his vote at a polling station in Bissau, on Nov. 24.

Jose Mario Vaz waves before casting his vote at a polling station in Bissau, on Nov. 24.

Photographer: John Wessels/AFP via Getty Images

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Guinea-Bissau’s leader, Jose Mario Vaz, was eliminated from the country’s presidential election after two former prime ministers qualified for next month’s run-off vote.

Domingos Simoes Pereira, the candidate of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde who was fired by Vaz as prime minister in 2015, won the most votes with 40% of ballots cast in the Nov. 24 election, Jose Pedro Sambu, president of the electoral commission, told reporters Wednesday. Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who served as prime minister for about two years until 2018, won 28% of the vote.