President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea-Bissau has called on all citizens to take part in a consultation to preserve social peace in the country.
Bissau-Guineans should work together to strengthen the democratic rule of law and to stabilize political institutions while developing the country, “the basis on which social progress is built and sustained,” Embalo said on Tuesday as the country celebrates the 48th anniversary of its independence.
Guinea-Bissau became independent on Sept. 24, 1973.
Due to a state of calamity over the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration was postponed to Tuesday to coincide with the Armed Forces Day.
The event was attended by Senegalese President Macky Sall, Liberian President George Weah, and Transitional Prime Minister of Guinea Mohamed Beavogui, as well as the defense ministers of Mauritania, Ghana, and the Gambia.
Embalo said the pandemic has worsened poverty and social inequality in the country, but “Guinea-Bissau has benefited from the solidarity against the pandemic, cooperation and support from other international institutions as well as from friendly countries.” Enditem