José Mario Vaz sworn in as new president of Guinea-Bissau
Inauguration of José Mario Vaz, new President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. (Photo:

José Mario Vaz was sworn in Monday as president of Guinea-Bissau for a five-year term in a ceremony attended by 10 heads of state on the continent.
After receiving the presidential sash in the stadium on September 23, located in the capital of Guinea-Bissau, the new country’s president vowed to fight “with zero tolerance for corruption to moralize the state apparatus and stimulate the economy.”
Sworn before the President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Paulo Sanha, the president said he will respect the Constitution and stated that national unity and peace are essential for deepening democracy.
With the proclamation of Vaz, economist, this African country hopes to return to constitutional normality, after a coup in 2012 overthrew the government of Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior.
The National Electoral Commission (CNE) confirmed that the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) won the legislative elections of 13 April last, with an absolute majority and occupies 57 of the 102 seats in the National Assembly.
In Guinea-Bissau elections were postponed three times since they were convened on 24 November 2013, to which were held in April 2014, with the participation of more than 80 percent of the population.