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Guinea Bissau holds elections marked by political instability

Bissau, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) In the midst of political instability that overwhelms the country, elections are being held today in Guinea-Bissau to choose the 102 seats of its National Popular Assembly.

After the dissolution of the chamber a year ago due to accusations of corruption and in a tense national situation, nearly 900,000 voters in this West African country are summoned this Sunday to the polls in the more than 3,500 polling stations open throughout the national territory.

A total of twenty parties and two coalitions compete for the parliamentary majority that will determine, according to the law of the country, who is the prime minister and head of the Government.

Among them are the Movement for Alternation and Democracy (Madem G-15), to which the current president, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, belongs, and the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (Paigc), ruling until the presidential elections at the end of 2019 and who leads a coalition in these votes.

According to the National Electoral Commission (CNE), more than 200 international observers are monitoring the vote, including teams sent by the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (Cedeao) and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries ( CPLP), among others.

The elections, which were initially to be held on December 18 but were postponed, take place after Embaló dissolved the National Popular Assembly more than a year ago, in mid-May 2022.

Guinea-Bissau, which has suffered numerous military uprisings and four successful coups since its independence from Portugal (declared in 1973 and recognized in 1974), has been mired in political instability since 2015, with the removal of seven prime ministers.


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