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Guinea-Bissau to recount votes just days before inauguration

Guinea-Bissau’s National Electoral Commission is to recount the votes from the second round of the presidential election that took place on 29 December.

The commission will today convene permanent and non permanent members of the National Electoral Commission, as well as the representatives of President-elect Umaro Sissoco Embaló and Domingos Simões Pereira.

The electoral body said Mr Embaló had won 54% of the votes against Mr Pereira’s 46%.

State-run Guinea-Bissau News Agency (ANG) said the recount is meant to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that has raised uncertainty about the president-elect’s swearing in on 27 February.

The electoral commission had previously said that it had exhausted its authority in the matter of the electoral process, adding that there was nothing else it could do.

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