The president dismisses several ministers
President Umaro Sissoco Embaló, through the decree, dismisses the Ministers
for Defense, Home Affairs, the Economy, Agriculture and Energy without stating
any reason. The layoffs are taking place before a parliamentary session in which
a new government is to be appointed.
Overview of the capital city of Guinea-Bissau, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
Nightly curfew expires
President Umaro Sissoco Embaló announces that the nightly curfew imposed to
fight covid-19 will cease, but at the same time extends through decree other
crisis measures introduced in March. Guinea-Bissau has 1,556 confirmed cases of
covid-19 and 19 deaths have been reported.
The committee will review the constitution
Disputed President Umaro Sissoco Embalo has appointed a committee to review
the country's constitution. The current constitution stipulates that power
should be shared between the president and parliament, but for several years a
conflict between the various institutions has paralyzed political life. However,
it is not known who will sit on the committee and what proposals it will
Cargo herbal tea from Madagascar is received by the President
A cargo with a herbal tea from Madagascar arrives in Guinea-Bissau.
Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina claims the tea can cure covid-19 in ten
days. The World Health Organization WHO emphasizes that this has not been tested
and that there is no scientific evidence to help. Self-proclaimed Guinean
President Umaro Sissoco Embalo goes to the airport to receive the cargo. His
chief of staff says the tea should now be distributed among the 14 countries of
the West African partner organization Ecowas.
The first death in Covid-19 in Guinea-Bissau
26th of April
Guinea-Bissau reports its first death in covid-19. The country has 53
confirmed cases of the disease. The announcement comes at the same time as the
disputed President Umaro Sissoco Embaló extends the national emergency
introduced in March for another two weeks.
Ecowas recognizes Sissoco Embaló as president
The West African Cooperation Organization Ecowas recognizes Umaro Sissoco
Embaló as President of Guinea-Bissau. However, the heads of state at Ecowas
demand that a referendum on constitutional reform be held within six months.
According to the electoral authority, Sissoco Embaló won a disputed election in
late December and proclaimed himself president in February, but the government
he has nominated has not been approved in the country's parliament, the National
Assembly. The Supreme Court has also not ruled on his opponent Domingos Simões
Pereiras appeal against the result. Shortly before, Sissoco Embaló's Prime
Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam has presented his government statement and is
intended to be debated in the National Assembly in May.
Long prison sentence for drug smuggling
Twelve people are sentenced to prison sentences for drug smuggling. The
longest sentence, 16 years, is given to the two people considered to have played
a leading role, a Colombian, Ricardo Ariza Monje (Ramon) and Braima Seidi Ba,
who have dual citizenship in Guinea-Bissau and Portugal. The others are
sentenced to a sentence of between four and 14 years.
Guinea-Bissau faces emergency permit to combat covid-19
Guinea-Bissau reports its first cases of the covid-19 viral disease. The
following day, a national emergency permit is announced. However, several
measures to combat the new corona virus had already been implemented. Schools
and borders have been closed, religious activities have been stopped, including
funerals, sporting events have been set and people's freedom of movement has
been restricted. Later, a national health plan is adopted, which is largely
funded by the World Health Organization WHO, various UN agencies and other
Guinea-Bissau stops all air traffic
Guinea-Bissau faces a ban on all air traffic to the country. The measure is
being taken to try to prevent the new corona virus from becoming established in
Sissoco Embaló forms government, accused of coup
President Umaro Sissoco Embaló appoints a new government. This is despite the
fact that he has been rejected by Parliament, the National Assembly. The
opposition describes his entry as a coup, and demands that the Supreme Court
decide on the end of 2019 elections, not just the Election Commission that
approved Sissoco Embaló's victory.
Cassamá resigns as interim president
President Cipriano Cassamá, whom Parliament has appointed as interim
president , resigns. He justifies the decision that he and his family have been
threatened and worried that the political crisis will lead to more violence, and
in extension to civil war. At the same time, Aristides Gomes thinks he is still
the country's head of government. His home is guarded by soldiers from the
regional force who were sent to the country in 2012. All ministries are closed,
according to the British media company BBC, and have been surrounded by
soldiers. At the same time, everyday life seems to be going on as usual in
Political chaos continues
It is now clear that the presidential elections at the end of 2019 did not
help to resolve the deep political crisis in the country. New President Umaro
Sissoco Embaló dismisses Prime Minister Aristides Gomes and appoints
Nuno Gomes Nabiam as new head of government, but he is not endorsed by
Parliament, with PAIGC, the party headed by President's rival Domingos Simões
Pereira. Parliament later appointed President Cipriano Cassamá as new interim
Sissoco Embaló is sworn in as President
Acting President José Mário Vaz formally hands over power to Umaro Sissoco
Embaló, who won the presidential election in late 2019 (see December
2019). The improvised ceremony is held in the foyer of a hotel in
Bissau. However, several high-ranking politicians, including the Speaker of
Parliament, Cipriano Cassamá, many foreign diplomats and judges in the Supreme
Court choose not to attend. However, the election of PAIGC's Domingos Simões
Pereira continues to question the result, claiming that Sissoco Embaló won the
election by means of cheating, and asks the Supreme Court to review the election
as approved by the Election Commission.
Simões Pereira continues to question the results of the presidential
The Election Commission CNE now presents the final result in the second round
of the presidential election on December 29, 2019. According to it, Umaro
Sissoco Embaló of Madem-G15 receives 53.55 while Domingos Simões Pereira
receives 46.45 percent. Simões Pereira, however, chooses to continue to question
the result, via a video recording posted on social media, he says that the
election was filled with irregularities. A spokesman for Simões Pereira's PAIGC
says the Supreme Court will now decide on an appeal from the party.
HD dismisses Simões Pereira's appeal
The Supreme Court rejects Domingos Simões Pereira's appeal against the
outcome of the second round of presidential elections in late 2019 (see
December 2019). It now invites the Election Commission to publish the
final result of the election.
Simões Pereira appeals against the election result
Domingos Simões Pereira, who lost the presidential election on December 29,
2019 (see December 2019), appeals to the Supreme Court to
appeal the result. The next day he says that the number of votes cast is 30,000
more than the number of registered voters.