Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Umaro Cissoko Embalo has been elected president after winning a run-off vote against another ex-prime minister.
The 47-year-old beat rival Domingos Simoes Pereira by about 54% to 46%, the electoral commission announced.
Mr Pereira vowed to contest the result, alleging “electoral fraud”.
Mr Embalo has said he wants to resolve political tensions in the West African country, which has seen nine coups or attempted coups since 1974.
Incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz crashed out of the election in the first round in November.
He was the first head of state to carry out his term without being either deposed or assassinated, but his tenure was marred by issues including political infighting and widespread allegations of corruption.
The second round of the 2019 Guinea-Bissau Presidential Elections will be between Domingos Simões Pereira of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) and Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Madem G15 after the multi-candidate race failed to produce a majority vote last 24 November 2019. The second round will be held on 29 December this year.
Pereira, who served as Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister from 2014-2015, got 40.13% or 22,870 of the total votes cast while Embaló, also a former Prime Minister, got 27.65% or 153,530 votes.
The first round was participated in by 12 candidates. In addition to Pereira and Embaló, the 2019 presidential contenders are:
24 November 2019 (First round)
Domingos Simões Pereira
Umaro Sissoco Embaló
Nuno Gomes Nabiam
Assembly of the People United
José Mário Vaz
Carlos Gomes Júnior
Patriotic Front of National Salvation
Democratic Convergence Party
Mamadú Iaia Djaló
New Democracy Party
National Unity Party
Mutaro Intai Djabi
Gabriel Fernando Indi
United Social Democratic Party
António Afonso Té
Republican Party for Independence and Development
The Republic of Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa that covers 36,125 square kilometres (13,948 sq mi) with an estimated population of 1,874,303 based on the 2018 data. Its gross domestic product is $3.391 billion and a per capita of