The West African nation of Guinea-Bissau elected Umaro Sissoco Embalo the new president, according to local media on Wednesday. 

Embalo won 53.55% of the votes in a runoff vote election on Dec. 30.

On Sunday’s election, voters chose between Domingos Simoes Pereira from the traditional ruling party and opposition figure Embalo, the two finalists from the first-round of election held in November.

Pereira, 56, won 40% of the vote in the first-round vote on Nov. 25.

He belongs to the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), with roots in a movement that fought to

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