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Vol 55 No 8

Published 18th April 2014


Guinea Bissau

The civilians may be back

Well conducted and fair elections last Monday will help restore civil society. Then comes the far greater challenge of reining in the military

The positive verdict on the conduct of the elections and the high turnout are but the first steps on a tricky road back to the rule of law and democracy (AC Vol 55 No 5, Resuscitating democracy). The Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde, led by Domingos Simões Pereira, has the best chance of winning the parliamentary elections. Former Finance Minister José Mário Vaz of the PAIGC is expected to take the lead in the presidential contest, probably winning against Abel Incada, the candidate of the Partido da Renovação Social (PRS).

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