Umaro Sissoco Embaló

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. the first or maternal family name is Sissoco and the second or paternal family name is Embaló.
Umaro Sissoco Embaló
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18th Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau
In office
18 November 2016 – 16 January 2018
PresidentJosé Mário Vaz
Preceded byBaciro Djá
Succeeded byArtur Silva
Personal details
Born (1972-09-23) September 23, 1972 (age 47)
Political partyMadem G15 (Movimento para Alternância Democrática)
Alma materTechnical University of Lisbon
Complutense University
Military service
Allegiance Guinea-Bissau
RankBrigadier General

Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embaló (born 23 September 1972) is a political scientist and military officer of Guinea Bissau who served as the prime minister of his country between November 18, 2016 and January 16, 2018.[1]


He was born in Bissau.

He holds a degree in International Relations from the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences at the Technical University of Lisbon and a master's degree in Political Science and Doctorate in International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and competent in English, French, Arabic and Swahili.[2]

He served in the military, undertaking National Defense Studies at the National Defense Center of Spain, and further studies on National Security in Brussels, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Japan and Paris. He rose to the rank of Brigadier-General.[2]

He now specialises in African and Middle-Eastern affairs and in matters of defence, international co-operation and development. He is a former Minister of African Affairs.

He formed his cabinet on 13 December 2016 after having been appointed Prime Minister by President José Mário Vaz on 18 November 2016.[3]

The new prime minister of Guinea-Bissau took the post with a boycott of his own party, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which through its Central Committee gave him a vote of distrust of one hundred and twelve votes in favor and eleven against on November 26, 2016.[4]

As head of government, he could count on the support of only the Social Renovation Party, the second largest seat of the National People's Congress of Guinea-Bissau.[5]

On January 13, 2018, after embarking on a collision course with President José Mário Vaz, due to this he was placed alongside the demands of João Fadiá (Minister of Finance) and Botche Candé (Minister of the Interior),[6] Embaló requested his resignation of the position, having been effected on January 16, 2018[5].


  1. ^ (, Deutsche Welle. "Guinea-Bissau names new prime minister, fifth in nine months - Africa - DW - 19.11.2016". DW.COM.
  2. ^ a b "Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo". Archived from the original on 13 March 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  3. ^ Foundation, Thomson Reuters. "Guinea Bissau prime minister names cabinet amid political crisis".
  4. ^ Reuters (28 November 2016). "Guinea Bissau's dominant party to boycott new government". Business Insider.
  5. ^ a b Agência Lusa (16 January 2018). "Umaro Sissoco Embaló deixa Governo da Guiné-Bissau". Deutsche Welle.
  6. ^ Agência Lusa (13 January 2018). "Guiné-Bissau: Presidente analisa pedido de demissão do primeiro-ministro". Deutsche Welle.
  • This article includes some material from the equivalent article on French Wikipedia.
Political offices
Preceded by
Baciro Djá
Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau
Succeeded by
Soares Sambú