Guinea Bissau's incumbent President Vaz accepts election results, admits defeat

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BISSAU, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The incumbent president of Guinea-Bissau Jose Mario Vaz admitted, during a press conference Thursday in Bissau, his defeat in the presidential election held Sunday, reaffirming his acceptance of the results.

However, the independent candidate that came in at the fourth place after the first round of voting claimed that some irregularities were recorded during the voting process.

"There were irregularities in the east of the country, including ballot stuffing with ballots already filled before polling day," Vaz said.

Vaz said he will devote himself to a professional life "inspired by a clear conscience."

A presidential election run-off is expected to take place on Dec. 29 in Guinea-Bissau, according to the provisional results published Wednesday by the National Election Commission (NEC) of Guinea-Bissau.

Former prime ministers Domingos Simoes Pereira and Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who received 40.13 percent and 27.65 percent of the votes respectively, will compete for the presidency.

According to the NEC, the election campaign for the second round will begin on Dec. 13. Enditem

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