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Latest news from Guinea-Bissau

GUINEA-BISSAU: Schools stay shut despite official guarantees

BISSAU, 28 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - State schools remained shut in the capital of Guinea Bissau on Monday despite government promises to open classes for the new school year, which was already supposed to have started almost two months ago. Full report

GUINEA-BISSAU: New government named but national unity still a long way off

BISSAU, 10 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Guinea-Bissau got its new government on Wednesday after nearly two weeks of institutional paralysis, but with the volatile country’s largest political party left on the outside looking in, promises of national unity look to have gone unfulfilled. Full report

GUINEA-BISSAU: President appoints controversial new prime minister

BISSAU, 2 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Guinea-Bissau's President Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira appointed a long-time ally as prime minister on Wednesday, days after sacking the government of his political arch rival Carlos Gomes Junior. Full report

GUINEA-BISSAU: President sacks prime minister but feud rumbles on

BISSAU, 31 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - It took less than a month for Guinea-Bissau's fragile political cohabitation to collapse. The new president, Joao Bernardo Vieira, has announced the dissolution of the government headed by his rival Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior. Full report

GUINEA-BISSAU: Stockpiles gone but landmines a continued threat

BISSAU, 26 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Guinea-Bissau's government has announced the destruction of its stockpile of roughly 5,000 landmines but disposing of the ones already in the ground is likely to prove far more difficult. Full report

GUINEA-BISSAU: Unpoliced waters and remote islands a haven for drug smugglers

BISSAU, 14 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Guinea-Bissau has become West Africa’s main transit point for drugs on their way from South America to Europe, according to the country's top drug enforcement official.Full report

GUINEA-BISSAU: President, prime minister try to iron out tension, avert crisis

BISSAU, 13 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - After giving each other the cold shoulder for almost two weeks, Guinea-Bissau's new President Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira and Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior have finally met in a bid to set aside personal differences and heal a country in crisis.Full report

GUINEA-BISSAU: More than 300 dead in cholera epidemic

BISSAU, 12 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Deaths in the cholera epidemic raging in tiny Guinea-Bissau have passed the 300 mark, prompting authorities to ban the sale of drinks and food by street vendors as well as forbid all traditional ceremonies. Full report

GUINEA-BISSAU: West Africa calls for world backing as president sworn in

BISSAU, 3 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - West African leaders are urging quick international assistance for Guinea-Bissau, whose new president Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira was sworn in this weekend facing a massive cholera epidemic and fears of continuing instability. Full report

GUINEA-BISSAU: No region spared as cholera cases top 15,000

BISSAU, 21 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - A cholera epidemic in Guinea-Bissau is showing no sign of fading with all regions of the impoverished country now affected and more than 4,000 new cases of the disease reported so far this month, officials said. Full report


IRIN Special Reports for Guinea-Bissau

GUINEA-BISSAU: Hopes for the future depend on clean elections

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Guinea-Bissau

GUINEA-BISSAU: Peaceful run-up to presidential election after shaky start to the campaign

WEST AFRICA: IRIN Focus on food security in the Sahelian countries //Yearender//

GUINEA-BISSAU: Focus on continuing instability

GUINEA-BISSAU: IRIN Focus on Sierra Leonean refugees in Bissau


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