Guinea Bissau President Emballo heads to Banjul Tomorrow

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Guinea Bissau’s President-Elect, Umaro Cissoko Emballo is expected to arrive in Banjul today for a day’s visit, just a week following his victory in the presidential election.

He will be received at the airport by his Gambian counterpart President Adama Barrow. This will be President-elect Emballo’s first official visit to the Gambian since he became President.

Gambia maintains a steady relations with Guinea Bissau since the tenure of former president Yahya Jammeh

Gambia’s presidency said in a statement that President-elect Emballo’s visit is welcomed as best practice in strengthening bilateral relations between Bissau and Banjul under his leadership.

The former prime minister and opposition leader, Embalo 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.

A father of three, Embalo is a football fan and supports Belgian team Standard Liege.

He sought early retirement from the army in the 1990s, and launched an investment fund set up by the then Libyan government.

In October, Prime Minister Aristide Gomes of the PAIGC accused him of plotting a coup, charges Embalo denied.

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