Guinea-Bissau president resigns after one day in office

 Cipriano Cassamá

BISSAU, March 2 (NNN-AGENCIES) — One of the two men who had been declared president of Guinea Bissau has resigned – after just one full day in office.

Despite not being in the December ballot Cipriano Cassamá was appointed by parliament, the majority of whose deputies have refused to acknowledge the election victory of the former opposition leader, Umaro Sissoco Embalol.

Embalol was sworn in as head of state at a luxury hotel on Thursday after the electoral commission had declared him the winner of December’s presidential vote.

On Friday, lawmakers appointed parliament leader Cipriano Cassama as interim president with those in favour arguing that Embalo’s presidency was unlawful.

The ruling PAIGC party is contesting the Dec 29 presidential run-off result in the Supreme Court.

Despite the resignation of Cipriano Cassama, Guinea-Bissau still has two rival prime ministers.

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