Landslide victory marks time for change in Guinea-Bissau

Voter turnout in Guinea-Bissau's election was the highest in its history (photo: dpa)
Voter turnout in Guinea-Bissau's election was the highest in its history (photo: dpa)

The April 2014 general election in Guinea-Bissau was a success with a clear-cut victory. But it is still too early to celebrate, as doubts remain on whether the military will accept the results and cooperate with the elected government. State weakness has attracted organised crime and made Guinea-Bissau a strategic location for drug trafficking and illegal trades. Further conflict and instability would affect the already deteriorated macroeconomic situation, worsen people`s living conditions and compromise regional security.

A VICIOUS cycle of instability and military coups, fuelled by ethnic rivalries and private quarrels, has ensured that no elected president has reached the end of ...

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