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Vol 57 No 4

Published 19th February 2016

Guinea Bissau

War for the soul of the state

The struggle between a rent-seeking old guard and young reformers bent on making history of impunity has reached a crucial juncture

Almost six months after President José Mario Vaz 'Jomav' sacked the popular Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira, a deadly struggle for power grinds on. Both sides are represented in a divided Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde (PAIGC), the governing party. The conflict has been dampening the optimism created by the election of the Pereira government in July 2014 and the retreat of the drugs-financed military dictators.

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