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Guinea-Bissau outgoing president delivers New Year message amid tears

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<p>Outgoing president of Guinea-Bissau Jose Mario Vaz broke down as he delivered his new year’s address. Vaz said he was happy that he was leaving behind a stable country. </p> <p>Vaz’s crisis-hit tenure which began in 2014 is due to end shortly. He lost a first-round vote to front-runners Domingos Simoes Pereira and Umaro Sissoco Embalo – both were his former Prime Ministers.</p> <p>“No matter where I am, whether in Bissau, in my village, in my office, or in my rice field, every citizen, every leader and all those who believe in Guinea-Bissau, can always count on me, on my fraternal solidarity. </p> <p>“I wish all Guineans a happy new year. Long live Guinea-Bissau! May God bless Guinea-Bissau and its people,” Vaz said. The results of the second round vote which was held on Sunday are expected on Wednesday. </p> <p>Many hope the election will bring an end to a political crisis that has affected the west African country since 2015. Guinea-Bissau has a history of instability and violent changes of government.</p>
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