People in Bissau, Guinea Bissau. Editorial credit: Peek Creative Collective / Shutterstock.com

Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau’s 2014 elections moved the country back toward democratic governance after a 2012 military coup. Since then, however, the political system has been paralyzed by divisions between the president and the parliament, and within the ruling party. A consensus transitional government was formed in 2018, but elections due that year were postponed to 2019. Restrictions on the media and freedom of association have eased somewhat, though police continued to disrupt some demonstrations. Corruption is a major problem that has been exacerbated by organized criminal activity, including drug trafficking.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — Guinea-Bissau Country Report

Guinea-Bissau is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.