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Vol 55 No 5

Published 7th March 2014

Guinea Bissau

Resuscitating democracy

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

The much-postponed general elections are now scheduled for 16 April but there is little chance of resolving the political crisis or even that the polls will take place on time. This is the third postponement since the elections were originally planned for April 2013, but preparations have been going well and the compilation of a new electoral register is under way. The transitional government has tried to influence the process in favour of ex-President Kumba Yalá’s Partido de Renovação Social (PRS), we hear, but without success.

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