Guinea-Bissau/Elections: PAIGC wins election with relative majority -- provisional data

Count of votes in Guinea-Bissau

The African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) won the legislative elections on March 10 with 46.1 percent of the votes, but ensures an absolute majority in Parliament only with electoral agreements, according to the provisional results announced this Wednesday.

According to the National Elections Commission (CNE), the PAIGC had 47 of the 102 mandates of the parliament, a number to which are added the parties elected by the Assembly of the United People - Guinea-Bissau Democratic Party (APU-PDGB, the fourth most voted, 5 MPs), Union for Change (ONE, 1 MP) and the New Democracy Party (1 MP).

On Tuesday, the PAIGC signed a parliamentary agreement with Nuno Nabian's APU-PDGB, which won five seats. And it had already entered into a similar agreement with the NDP and UM, so that in total the new executive should be supported by 54 Members from 102 seats in Parliament.

In second and third place were, the Movement for the Alternation of Democracies (Madem-G15, 27 deputies) and the Social Renewal Party (PRS, 21 deputies), who also announced on Tuesday a government agreement, in the expectation of governing.

The Madem-G15 was founded eight months ago by the defeated Domingos Simões Pereira at the PAIGC congress in Cacheu and was attended by many former leaders of the largest Guinean party, including businessman Braima Camará and former Prime Minister Umaro Sissoco Packed.

The latest political crisis in Guinea Bissau has lasted four years since President José Mário Vaz sacked the government of Domingos Simões Pereira, imposing a series of presidential initiative governments that have never had the support of parliament.

On Sunday, more than 761,000 Guineans were called to vote in the three thousand polling stations, including the diaspora.

According to the CNE, there was 15.3 percent abstention.

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