Guinea-Bissau's ruling PAIGC party wins vote

Supporters of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) dance as they attend on March 8, 2019 in Bissau
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Guinea-Bissau's ruling party, PAIGC, has won parliamentary elections but is short of an absolute majority so it has made a deal with smaller groups to forge a coalition.

PAIGC won 47 seats out of the 102 and made a deal with smaller groups with a further seven seats.

The one-time Marxist PAIGC - the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde - has run the country for 45 years since independence from Portugal.

Sunday's vote aimed to settle a deadlock that has lasted nearly four years, since President Jose Mario Vaz sacked his Prime Minister, Domingos Simoes Pereira.

'Sixty missing' after boat sinks near Guinea-Bissau

Map showing Guinea Bissau

Up to 60 people, suspected to be migrants, are missing after the wooden fishing boat they were travelling in sunk during a storm off the coast of Guinea-Bissau, the authorities there say.

The navy was unable to help when the boat went down on Monday as it lacked the resources, national ports head Felix Siga told the BBC.

The coastguard has two speedboats, but they are often unable to leave the port because of a lack of fuel, AFP news agency reports, quoting a naval officer.

The boat, which had a capacity of about 60 people, has been recovered, but none of the passengers have been found, the authorities say.

Guinea-Bissau has sometimes been used as a departure port for migrants trying to reach Europe, reports the BBC's Khady Lo.

Karyna Gomes performs for Global Beats with Luciano Silva, Jessica Pina and Nir Paris.
Karyna Gomes performs for Global Beats with Luciano Silva, Jessica Pina and Nir Paris.

Guinea-Bissau helps Senegal hunt killers

Laeila Adjovi

BBC Africa, Dakar

A victim of an attack by armed men in the Bayotte forest lies on a hospital gurney in the regional capital Ziguinchor, southern Senegal on January 7, 2018
A victim of last Saturday's attack recovers in hospital

Senegal's army has enlisted the help of the military in neighbouring Guinea-Bissau as they continue to hunt the perpetrators of a deadly attack last weekend which left 14 dead.

The motive for the killing, in the southern Casamance region, near the two countries' border, is still a mystery.

Initially, 13 people were found dead in a forest of precious hardwoods where loggers are known to operate last Saturday.

Another body was found later, while nine people were treated in hospital for injuries.

The Senegalese chief of army staff General Cheikh Gueye told the BBC that, no matter how long it takes, the priority was to rid the area of criminals and allow people to live and work freely.

He added that Guinea-Bissau was helping in the search.

“As part of the cooperation between Senegal and Guinea-Bissau on defence and security, our zone commanders are frequently in contact along the border," he said. "Our collaboration is also effective for this particular operation.”

The attack was the most gruesome for several years. It raised fears of a revival of the separatist rebellion in Casamance.

But the separatist movement MFDC has denied any responsibility, and condemned the massacre. It linked the attack to the widespread illegal logging business in Casamance, and accused the authorities of complicity with traffickers.

Casamance is sandwiched between The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. People there often complain that their region is neglected by the Senegalese government in far-off Dakar. Separatists in Casamance have demanded independence for over 30 years.