Guinea-Bissau struggling since election

BRUSSELS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Without the willingness of top leaders in Guinea-Bissau to work together, the country could face destabilization, an International Crisis Group report says.

The report, released Thursday by the Belgium-based independent non-governmental organization, says Guinea-Bissau's November 2008 elections were widely viewed by the international community as a success.


Despite the promise for future security in the country, new Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior and his government have faced alleged assassination attempts and escalating conflicts from rival political and military figures who threaten the country's stability, the Crisis Group reported.

The report, titled "Guinea-Bissau: Building a Real Stability Pact," calls on leaders in the country to work together and open a political dialogue in order to avoid a slide into widespread violence and to counter the growing threat of transnational groups trafficking narcotics through Guinea-Bissau.

"Guinea-Bissau's institutions remain structurally feeble," Richard Moncrieff, Crisis Group West Africa project director, said in a statement.

"Without a real commitment on the part of the ruling elite to end the intrigues and violence that are so damaging to the country's prospects, it will remain unstable and unable to cope with rampant corruption or change its status as a key drugs transiting country."


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