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GUINEA-BISSAU: Elections set for February

ABIDJAN, 26 November 2002 (IRIN) - General elections are to be held in Guinea-Bissau on 23 February, President Kumba Yala announced on Monday.

The announcement came just over a week after Yala dissolved parliament and dismissed the Social Renovation Party (PRS) cabinet led by Prime Minister Almara Nhasse, replacing it with a caretaker administration.

Yala had accused the legislature, which he dissolved on 15 November, of subversion while he accused the cabinet, sacked on 17 November, of corruption, BBC and the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

Yala came to power in January 2000, since then, the country has been wracked by crises, including a rebellion by members of the former military junta in November 2000, a coup attempt in December 2001, and the dismissal of several ministers in recent months.

Opposition parties recently demanded Yala's resignation, blaming him for Guinea-Bissau's economic crisis and political instability.

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