Guinea-Bissau schedules parliamentary vote

Guinea-Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo announced Monday that a new parliamentary election will be held on November 24.

This comes months after he dissolved the parliament, citing an “attempted coup”.

This upcoming election will be the second in 18 months for Guinea-Bissau, a country marked by instability and a history of military and political coups since gaining independence from Portugal in 1974.

Embalo, who assumed the presidency in 2020, dissolved the opposition-led parliament in December 2023 after alleging an “attempted coup” had occurred, further deepening the political crisis.

On November 30, violent clashes broke out in Bissau between the National Guard and the presidential guard’s special forces, resulting in two fatalities, heightening tensions in the capital.

Despite the opposition’s resistance, which claims victory in the June 2023 elections, ECOWAS leaders urged Guinea-Bissau to expedite the legislative process during their summit in Nigeria on Sunday.

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