X Close

World

Published: Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 1:25:03 AM
Updated: Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 1:26:03 AM

EU to resume aid to Guinea-Bissau government after poll

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will resume giving direct development aid to the Guinea-Bissau government after it held presidential elections rated as "free and credible," the EU said in Monday.

The EU suspended aid to the government in July 2011 following a military mutiny. The bloc continued to give some money through international organisations and charities.

A May presidential run-off election won by former finance minister Jose Mario Vaz opened the way for a resumption of direct development aid to the government.

An EU official said the decision would allow the EU to support the authorities in ensuring vital state functions and providing basic social services. It did not provide any figures.

Guinea-Bissau's last election in 2012 was abandoned after soldiers stormed the presidential palace.

Weak state institutions, along with Guinea-Bissau's maze of islands and unpoliced mangrove creeks, have made the former Portuguese colony a paradise for smugglers of Latin American cocaine destined for Europe.

The country would have been in line to get about 100 million euros ($136.41 million) under the previous aid programme, covering 2007-2013, but it was only allocated around 40 million euros of that sum because of the EU's restrictions.

($1 = 0.7331 Euros)

(Reporting by Adrian Croft, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

advertisement

  1. MH17 day of mourning: Plane bearing remains touches down in KL
  2. MH17: Day of mourning photo gallery
  3. MH17 day of mourning: White hearses arrive at KLIA
  4. Full military ceremony to accompany arrival of 20 Malaysians’ remains
  5. MH17: Special flight with victims' remains leaves Amsterdam
  6. MH17: DBKL orders entertainment outlets to stop all 'entertainment activities' for 24 hours
  7. MH17: Names of 20 Malaysian victims announced
  8. MH17: Malaysia ready to receive remains with final rehearsal
  9. A father’s enduring love
  10. A minute’s silence on Friday morning

advertisement

advertisement