Guinea-Bissau crisis affecting population and economy

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Joseph Mutaboba, the top United Nations envoy in Guinea Bissau

The continued political crisis in Guinea-Bissau has resulted in mounting anxiety about the social and economic situation in the West African country.

That message comes from Joseph Mutaboba, the top United Nations envoy in Guinea-Bissau in his latest report to the Security Council on Monday.

The military seized power in Guinea-Bissau on 12 April, just weeks before a presidential election run-off.

"The continued delay in the return to normalcy in Guinea-Bissau is negatively impacting on the innocent citizens of the country who want to see a speedy resolution of this crisis. In this regard, the Council may wish to consider the imposition of targeted measures against those continuing to impede the return to constitutional order in the country.”

Mutaboba said the absence of a government in Guinea-Bissau has also caused a delay in the payment of civil servant salaries, and disruption of the cashew trading season, a crucial component of the country's economy.

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