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Guinea-Bissau: Growing Signs of Instability

The PR, UMARU SISSOCO EMBALÓ (USE), in office since FEB.2020, is pointed as an "element that enhances tensions" due to traits of his personality and political profile - among them his alleged frivolities (superficiality and vanity) and an “absolutist” conception of the exercise of power.
His first priority in the exercise of the function was the “revitalization” of Security, as the Information and Security Service (SIS) is known in the jargon. He promoted its equipping with new technical means, ensured the cooperation of Israeli experts for its operation and appointed a “man of his confidence”, JOSÉ ANTÓNIO MARQUES, to direct it.
With the adoption of a presidential model, USE also denotes a desire to please the heads of state of countries in the region. READ MORE