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Malam Bacai Sanhá elected president of Guinea Bissau 29 Julho 2009

Guinea Bissau’s National Elections Commission will release the official results of Sunday’s presidential run-off elections this afternoon, July 29. But according to reliable sources contacted by A Semana Online in Bissau, the elections were won by Malam Bacai Sanhá, who as of yesterday afternoon enjoyed a comfortable lead, with 61% of all votes counted, while Kumba Ialá remained below 34%. Projections indicate that Malam Bacai Sanhá, the candidate supported by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which holds a majority in parliament, could garner a total of 63% of all validly cast votes.

Based on information gathered by A Semana Online, Kumba Ialá has expressed resignation with the polling results, and says he will respect the will clearly-expressed will of the people of Guinea Bissau.

In the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the PAIGC and by Ialá’s PRS in the presence of African Union and UN witnesses, yesterday afternoon Kumba Ialá and representatives of the international community were preparing the text of the declaration the defeated candidate will make to the country.

“Kumba Ialá will try to raise Guinea Bissauans’ morale and exorcise the phantom of war and conflicts from their spirits, while at the same time encouraging his supporters to accept the results of the election, thus contributing to the reign of peace and tranquility in Guinea Bissau,” said A Semana Online’s source.

Sanhá, who served as Guinea Bissau’s interim president between May 14, 1999 and February 17, 2000, “is the new president of Guinea Bissau with 63% of all votes,” sais the same source in Bissau.

Kumba Ialá, of the Social Renovation Party (PRS), was elected president in 2000 and served until September 14, 2003, when he was deposed by the country’s Armed Forces.

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