Second Round Elections see Vaz as new President

General elections were held in Guinea-Bissau on 13 April 2014, with a second round for the presidential elections held on 18 May since no candidate received a majority in the first round. Several logistic problems and delays caused the elections to be repeatedly postponed, having initially been scheduled for 24 November 2013 and then 16 March 2014.[1] In the second round, José Mário Vaz was declared the president-elect with 62% of the vote.

The elections were the result of a military coup in 2012 cancelling the elections that year. On 26 February 2014, the UN Security Council urged Guinea-Bissau’s transitional government to abide by announced election plans, warning of sanctions against those opposing a return to constitutional order.

Former President Kumba Ialá died a few weeks before the elections.

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