Guinea Bissau. In April, those involved in the coup
against President Kumba Ialá received amnesty in 2003.
However, it did not include people who had participated in
previous coup attempts. Parliamentary elections were held on
March 28. Shortcomings in the organization caused the voting
to extend for another two days. There were allegations from
several directions that irregularities had occurred, but
foreign observers believed the choice was largely correct.
CountryAAH, the total population in Guinea-Bissau is 1,968,012 people in 2020.
The largest party was the African Independence Party for
Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which received 45 seats. The
party was previously in power from independence from 1974 to
1999. The largest was former President Ialá's party, the
Social Renewal Party (PRS), which got 35 seats, followed by
the United Social Democratic Party (PUSD), which received
17. The turnout was just over 76%. PAIGC's leader,
businessman Carlos Gomes Júnior, was appointed new prime
minister in May. The PRS promised to support the new
government in Parliament.
The economy continued to fail and aid was lower than
expected. The lack of rice led to rising prices during the
summer. The price for a 50-kilo bag of rice corresponded to
a monthly salary for a public servant lower official.
In early October, some 600 soldiers revolted, killing
Commander General Verissimo Seabra Correia. The insurgents,
who had returned from a peacekeeping mission in Liberia,
demanded to get their wages and better living conditions.
They emphasized that it was not a coup attempt. After the
Portuguese mediation, the insurgents were granted amnesty
and the government promised to appoint a new defense
leadership. Several officers who had been forced to leave
the armed forces after the 1999 civil war were now