EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Guinea Bissau president-Elect Emballo, Umaro Cissoko Emballo arrived in The Gambia today for a day’s visit, just a week after his victory in the former Portuguese colony’s presidential election.
Shortly after a closed-door discussion with President Adama Barrow at State House in Banjul, President-Elect Emballo told journalists of his commitment to work with his Gambian counterpart to strengthen the free movement of goods and services between the two countries.
He expressed commitment to deepen bilateral ties between Banjul-Bissau relations, saying The Gambia and Guinea Bissau have a long standing relationship and share many things in common.
Gambia had maintained a steady relation with Guinea Bissau since the tenure of former president Yahya Jammeh, who now lives in exile in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea after his defeat in the 2016 presidential election.
Gambia’s presidency said in a statement on Sunday that it welcomed President-elect Emballo’s visit as best practice in the strive to Africa Unity.
The former prime minister and opposition leader, Emballo won the Guinea Bissau presidential election with 53.55 percent of votes. His rival Domingos Simoes Pereira, head of the country’s ruling PAIGC party, took 46.45 percent in Sunday’s runoff.
Born in the capital city Bissau, Embalo is a member of the Fulani ethnic group. At university, he studied social and political science in Spain and Portugal.