BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) — Former army general Umaro Cissoko Embalo was sworn in Thursday as president of Guinea-Bissau despite a pending Supreme Court decision on a request to annul the election results.
Outgoing President Jose Mario Vaz, who lost in the first round in November, was present at the ceremony. Then the entourages went to the presidential palace to hand over keys. Embalo served as prime minister under Vaz from 2016 to 2018.
The electoral commission has confirmed that Cissoko won the Dec. 29 second round vote.
But Domingos Simoes Pereira, who came in second, approached the Supreme Court on Wednesday asking for a fresh vote, alleging fraud.
Simoes Pereira was the candidate for the ruling PAIGC party. The president of the National Assembly, a member of that party, did not swear Embalo into office.