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Guinea-Bissau: Elections, But Then What?

Africa Briefing N°98, 8 April 2014

Guinea Bissau

Guinea-Bissau’s elections are an important first step, but to address its economic and political fragility, the country needs strong international help, as well as political and military will for reform.

Recent Reports

Guinea-Bissau: Elections, But Then What?, Africa Briefing N°98, 8 Apr 2014

Guinea-Bissau’s elections are an important first step, but to address its economic and political fragility, the country needs strong international help, as well as political and military will for reform.

Beyond Turf Wars: Managing the Post-Coup Transition in Guinea-Bissau, Africa Report N°190, 17 Aug 2012

International actors need to commit to a common strategy to help coup-plagued Guinea-Bissau implement the security, justice and electoral reforms it needs to escape its status as a link in drug trafficking to Europe.

Beyond Compromises: Reform Prospects in Guinea-Bissau, Africa Report N°183, 23 Jan 2012

The ability of the Bissau-Guinean authorities to withstand the 26 December 2011 coup attempt bears witness to the improvements since the previous military turmoil of 1 April 2010, but crucial political, military and judicial developments still lie ahead as the country prepares for presidential elections in March and parliamentary polls later this year.

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Guinea-Bissau: Beyond Rule of the Gun, Africa Briefing N°61, 25 Jun 2009

The assassinations of the chief of defence staff, General Batista Tagme Na Wai, on 1 March 2009 and President Joao Bernardo Nino Vieira early the next day have plunged Guinea-Bissau into deep uncertainty. National Assembly Speaker Raimundo Pereira was quickly sworn in as interim president pending the election the constitution requires.

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Guinea-Bissau: Building a Real Stability Pact, Africa Briefing N°57, 29 Jan 2009

The November 2008 legislative elections were an important test for Guinea-Bissau, whose transition to democratic rule badly needed impetus. It was uncertain whether they would take place until the last minute, but they were praised by both citizens and international observers.

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Guinea-Bissau: In Need of a State, Africa Report N°142, 2 Jul 2008

Guinea-Bissau needs a state. Its political and administrative structures are insufficient to guarantee control of its territory, assure minimum public services or counter-balance the army’s dominance. This core weakness has been at the root of recurrent political crises, coups d’etat and the proliferation of criminal networks.

Commentary

Guinea-Bissau: The Post-Election Test

Richard Moncrieff
openDemocracy, 10 Aug 2009

Drug Boom, Lost Hope

Emmanuelle Bernard
Open Democracy, 13 Sep 2008

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Video

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Guinea-Bissau: Transition after the Coup
22 Aug 2012:
Gabriela Keseberg Dávalos, Crisis Group's Senior Communications Officer and Vincent Foucher, Crisis Group's West Africa Senior Analyst, were in Guinea-Bissau to examine the current situation in the country, the reasons for the overthrow and the priorities of the new transitional government. They met with policy makers and civil society representatives. In this video you can see a few of the interviews.

Photos

Flag of Guinea-Bissau 

May 2012: Senior Communications Officer, Gabriela Keseberg Dávalos, visited Guinea-Bissau with Vincent Foucher, West Africa Senior Analyst. The team met with policy makers and civil society representatives to carry out research on the situation in the country after the 12 April coup and the new transitional government. View photos from her trip on flickr.