On 20 May Guinea-Bissau announced the provisional results of the second round of voting in its Presidential elections. The first round of voting had been held on 13 April, on the same day as legislative elections.
Following the second round results, Mr Simmonds said:
I welcome the successful conclusion of the second round of voting in the Presidential election. In voting peacefully, and in large numbers, the people of Guinea-Bissau have once again demonstrated their commitment to the democratic process. We urge Guinea-Bissau’s political and military leaders to respect the will of the people who have suffered so much from the instability that has afflicted Guinea-Bissau for so many years
Following these elections I look forward to the installation of the new National Assembly and the formation of a new government which can strengthen democratic institutions and lead Guinea-Bissau on the path towards economic development and prosperity.
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