Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau

Population: 1.7 mn.
GDP: 0.9 bn.
Debt: 0.28 bn.

The troubled transitional government postponed national elections until March 2014, but even these are in doubt unless donors finance the polls. Security sector reform and fighting international drugs trade remain off the agenda.   

news from Guinea Bissau

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  • Vol 55 No 5
  •  7th March 2014

Resuscitating democracy

Soldiers and politicians compromised by their drugs activities are having trouble preventing a retun to democracy

  • Vol 54 No 19
  •  20th September 2013

The unforgiven

To the relief of many seeking a restoration of democracy, law and order, on 10 September parliament failed to pass a law granting amnesty to the leaders of the April 2012 coup. Forty members voted in favour, but not enough to top the 50% necessary for the...

  • Vol 54 No 10
  •  10th May 2013

All at sea over drugs

Panic envelops the political and military elites amid US anti-drug operations and ECOWAS feels exposed by its support for the government

  • Vol 54 No 8
  •  12th April 2013

Admiral of the white

In a sting operation off the coast of Cape Verde on 2 April, United States agents arrested the former head of the Navy, Vice-Admiral José Américo Bubo Na Tchuto, and other Guinea Bissauans, for agreeing to provide arms in return for cocaine. The captives ...

  • Vol 53 No 22
  •  2nd November 2012

Was it a coup?

A small, apparently unorganised, armed group attacked Bra air force base near Bissau on 21 October and troops killed six men. The transitional government promptly (but without evidence) denounced Portugal and former Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior as ...

  • Vol 53 No 20
  •  5th October 2012


Guinea-Bissau’s appearance at the United Nations normally attracts no fanfare but this year there was much anticipation when its interim President, Raimundo Pereira, overthrown in the 12 April coup, was listed to speak at the General Assembly. He did no...

  • Vol 53 No 10
  •  11th May 2012

More time for the junta

The Economic Community of West African States has given the confused military junta twelve months to ease itself from power. However, the United Nations is holding out for an immediate end to its rule.

  • Vol 53 No 9
  •  27th April 2012

Return of the narco-state

The coup appears to be the work of the same officers who were involved in previous seizures of power and drug smuggling

  • Vol 53 No 6
  •  16th March 2012

Gomes in the lead

On 18 March, Guinea Bissau chooses a successor to the late President Malam Bacai Sanhá, who died in harness on 9 January.

  • Vol 51 No 9
  •  30th April 2010

A runaway army

Led by a ‘drug kingpin’, April’s coup may be part of a military struggle for control of international drug trafficking networks

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