Guinea-Bissau Government

Country Name Guinea-Bissau
Full Country Name Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Local - Long Republica da Guine-Bissau
Local - Short Guine-Bissau
Former Name Portuguese Guinea
Etymology- history of name the country is named after the Guinea region of West Africa that lies along the Gulf of Guinea and stretches north to the Sahel; "Bissau" distinguishes the country from neighboring Guinea
Government Type semi-presidential republic
Capital Name Bissau
Capital - geographic coordinate 11 51 N, 15 35 W
Capital Time Difference UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Independence 24 September 1973 (declared); 10 September 1974 (from Portugal)
National Holiday Independence Day, 24 September (1973)
Constitution history: promulgated 16 May 1984; note - constitution suspended following military coup in April 2012 and restored in 2014

amendments: proposed by the National People’s Assembly if supported by at least one-third of its members, by the Council of State (a presidential consultant body), or by the government; passage requires approval by at least two-thirds majority vote of the Assembly; constitutional articles on the republican and secular form of government and national sovereignty cannot be amended; amended 1991, 1993, 1996

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