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Cablegate: Guinea-Bissau: Opposition Prs Party Discrete for The

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FM AMEMBASSY DAKAR
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3460
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 1267
RUEHLI/AMEMBASSY LISBON 0897
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 0414
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INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 DAKAR 001496

SIPDIS
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DEPT FOR AF/W, DRL AND INR/AA
PARIS, LISBON, LONDON FOR AFRICA WATCHERS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL PINS KDEM HDP SG
SUBJECT: GUINEA-BISSAU: OPPOSITION PRS PARTY DISCRETE FOR THE
MOMENT, WORRIED, LOOKING FOR HOLES IN THE PAIGC ARMOR

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INT ZFR IMI ZFR DAKAR 1496 - NEW CABLE WILL BE RESUBMITTED


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the National Assembly and in the larger body politic, unless its
leaders can begin to persuade non-Balata Bissau-Guineans that the
party that oversaw the Balanta-ization of the armed forces can
actually be a true national party. Knowing this, the party's
leaders are seeking at the moment to create an image of being
constructive participants in the deliberation of Assembly sessions
as they wait to take advantage all the weaknesses of the current
president and prime minister, including perceived complicity in four
assassinations, the militaries interference in civilian politics and
law enforcement, stalled security sector reform, and widespread and
growing public opinion that holding elections does not improve the
well-being or quality of life of the population or stabilize the
country's political situation.
BERNICAT

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