Guinea Bissau. In January, the Supreme Court ruled that
the appointment of Prime Minister Aristides Gomes via decree
2005 did not contravene the Constitution, as former Gov.
Carlos Gomes Júnior argued. Both are members of the same
party, PAIGC (African Independence Party of Guinea and Cape
Conflicts between various factions of the Senegalese
separatist movement MFDC in Casamance in southern Senegal
spread to March in G. Clashes occurred on both sides of the
border and thousands of people were displaced. Why the
fighting broke out was unclear.
In May, a large vaccination campaign was launched in
which 700,000 children would be given protection against
measles. Almost after malaria, measles was the disease that
required the lives of most children.
In August, the capital was said to have been completely
freed from the mines deployed during the liberation war of
1961–74 and the civil war of 1998–99.
CountryAAH, the country's economy was getting worse and low world
market prices of cashews, the most important export product,
exacerbated the problems. Public servants often had to wait
many months to get paid. In June, the West African partner
organization ECOWAS promised to donate money to strike
striking government employees with their outstanding
salaries. On November 7-8, a donor meeting was held in
Geneva where G. was promised support of US $ 266 million,
far less than the $ 460 million the country asked for. A
large part of the money was expected to go towards
modernizing and partly reducing the defense forces from
9,000 to 3,500 men.
The long and largely unguarded coast began to be
increasingly used for drug smuggling - especially cocaine -
from South America to Europe.