Guinea Bissau. In January, the Resistencia da
Guiné-Bissau-Movimiento Bafata (RGB) left the coalition
government after a conflict. The government thus had only 37
of the 102 seats in Parliament.
Countryaah, the political situation was tense throughout the year,
not least after a series of controversial decisions by
President Kumba Yalla. He was accused from several
directions, both domestically and internationally, of
becoming increasingly dictatorial and unpredictable.
During the fall he dismissed, among other things. three
high-ranking judges who had previously been arrested accused
of corruption. The judges denied that any crime had been
committed. Amnesty International, which saw the intervention
as a threat to the judiciary's independent position.
In addition, Yalla had notified 60% of all civilian
employees in the state administration about dismissal and
cited corruption as a reason. These would be replaced by
members of the ruling party. The president has also
threatened to use force against those who try to use the
military against him.
Seventy MPs gathered in October for an extra session to
discuss the president's behavior. The government's
credibility was also damaged by the disappearance of $ 17
million from the Treasury.
At the same time, the economic crisis continued. In
November, the teachers had not received any salary for a
year, a similar situation prevailed for nursing staff.
In early December, 29 people were arrested in connection
with what the government said was a coup attempt planned by
groups in the military. However, the information was
questioned by the opposition, which called on the government
to present concrete evidence.