José Mário Vaz

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José Mário Vaz
José Mário Vaz 2014.jpg
5th President of Guinea-Bissau
Assumed office
23 June 2014
Prime MinisterRui Duarte de Barros (Acting)
Domingos Simões Pereira
Baciro Djá
Carlos Correia
Baciro Djá
Umaro Sissoco Embaló
Artur Silva
Aristides Gomes
Preceded byManuel Serifo Nhamadjo (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1957-12-10) 10 December 1957 (age 61)
Calequisse, Portuguese Guinea
Political partyPAIGC
Spouse(s)Rosa Teixeira Goudiaby

José Mário Gómes Vaz (born 10 December 1957) is a Guinea-Bissauan politician. He has been the President of Guinea-Bissau,[1] in Office since 23 June 2014.[2]

Life and career

Josè Mário Gómez Vaz was born on 10 December 1957 in Calequisse, Portuguese Guinea to Mother, Amelia Gomez and Father, Mário Vaz. Popularly known by the Nickname “Jomav”. He is Married to Rosa Teixeira Goudiaby and has three Children. He entered Primary school on 1 January 1964, at the age of 7 and Graduated in November 1969. At his Graduation, he was awarded "Most Competent Award" and "Most Contributive Award" for the prominent role he played in contributing to his Education. He went on to Secondary school in 1970, at 14 years old and graduated in November 1975. Prior to Graduation he received numerous Awards and was Recognised by several Organizations. He was appointed as a Student Councillor on 10 January 1971 and served in that Position until November 1975, during his Years as an Student Councillor, he organised various Events and Participated active in his Class. At the aftermath of his Secondary education, Vaz Parents encouraged him to Study abroad specifically in Lisbon, Portugal. He taled that move and eventually enrolled at the Office of Economic Studies of the Branco de Portugal on 1 January 1982, he studied there until November 1986 and graduated Sucessfully with a Degree in Economic studies. He joined the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) in 2003 after he submitted his Nominations to contest the Convention (meeting) for Mayor of Bissau. He won the Convention (meeting) and eventually won unopposed to the Position in 2004 as the Opposition, Party for Social Renewal did not see a need to contest the Election. As Mayor, Vaz delivered on his promise for good and Quality Education, Infrastructure and Culture in Bissau. He boosted the Economy in the Capital by decreasing the prices of Chief products such as Peanuts, Hardwoods, copra, Palm oil. He founded the Escola Portuguesa da Guinè-Bissau and Escola Portuguesa Passo a Passo. Vaz introduced an Legislation to develop the City centre in Bissau. He expanded Muslim Mosques and Christian Churches. Soon the 2009 Guinea-Bissau presidential election arrived and it was time for Vaz to upgrade his machinery. Vaz campaigned heavily and sighted his Accomplishments as Mayor as the reasons why his Party should be re-elected. Prior to the polls, Vaz embarked on a Tour across the Country and never failed to visit a single Household. On 25 April 2009, PAIGC held it’s Leadership election to elect a new Party leader after former leader, João Bernardo Vieira was assassinated. Two Positions were vacated, that of Party leader and Deputy Leader, Vaz submitted his Nominations for Deputy Leader and decided to run as part of Malam Bacai Sanhá’s Slate, the man who opted to be the next Leader of the PAIGC. As there was no opponent, Vaz won unopposed to the position with Sanhá opting as Leader. After a determined Campaign, the two successfully led the PAIGC into a landslide win, gaining 224,259 Popular vote and 63.31% of Vote. Sanhá was sworn in as President on 8 September 2009 and named his Cabinet the following day appointing Vaz as Minister of Finance. Vaz discharged his duties as Finance Minister eagerly and successfully most of the time. He focused on rising the GDP and lowering the Cost of living no matter what. However, that luxury did not last Long. On 9 January 2012, Sanhà died and Vaz issued a decree that the State would observe seven days National mourning during which the Flag will be flown at half-mast and all Concerts and Festivals will not occur. On 12 April 2012, Vaz along with several other Ministers was ousted in the 2012 Guinea-Bissau coup d’état. The coup started in the evening with Military personal and Equipment making its way onto the Streets, followed but the state-owned Media being taken off-air.

Vaz is a candidate for the presidential election Guinea-Bissau 2019.

On October 29, President Vaz sacked the government. This dismissal is not recognized by the ECOWAS which threatens sanctions. The new government, headed by Faustino Imbali, is sworn in on October 31, while Vaz ensures that the vote will be held on schedule.

ECOWAS gives him the summit of November 8 to resign, while the National Security Council calls on the armed forces to allow the installation of the new government. Imbali finally resigns on the day of the summit. Vaz has to appoint a new prime minister.

On November 24, he came in fourth in the poll and was eliminated in the first round.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Guinea-Bissau election: Jose Mario Vaz wins run-off". BBC News. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  2. "José Mário Vaz Presidente eleito da Guiné-Bissau toma posse a 23 de junho". Notícias ao Minuto (in Portuguese). 4 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.