President Joao Bernardo Vieira of Guinea-Bissau

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In the last three years Vieira has had trouble getting the majority in parliament to back him.
Vieira was born in Bissau and trained first as an.
His Excellency President General Joao Bernardo Vieira was accompanied to The Gambia by Her Excellency Senhora Dona Isabel Romano Ferreira Vieira, First Lady of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, and high-ranking delegation comprising cabinet ministers and senior Government officials.
His Excellency President Joao Bernardo Vieira expressed his gratitude to President Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh, the Government and the people of The Gambia for the warm reception and generous hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their stay in The Gambia.
The residence of Guinea-Bissau's President Joao Bernardo Vieira came under gunfire on Sunday in an alleged post-election mutiny that left one soldier dead and three others arrested, officials said.
In Addis Abeba, African Union chief Jean Ping said Vieira had called to tell him about "the failure of this morning's mutiny," and to warn that "the situation remained volatile and therefore requires sustained attention.
Vieira was previously in power from 1980 to 1999 before being ousted during a civil war.
Following regional council elections held in late 1972 in areas under PAIGC control, which led to the formation of a constituent assembly, Vieira was appointed president of the National People's Assembly.
In the first round of the presidential election, held on July 3, 1994, Vieira received 46.
Vieira was sworn in as the first democratically elected President of Guinea-Bissau on September 29, 1994.
Vieira was re-elected for another four-year term as President of PAIGC in mid-May 1998 at a party congress, with 438 votes in favor, eight opposed, and four abstaining.
Vieira was expelled from PAIGC at a party congress in September 1999 for "treasonable offences, support and incitement to warfare, and practices incompatible with the statutes of the party.
a b "Nino Vieira says he will contest presidential election", IRIN, April 18, 2005.
This failed attempt to depose President Vieira is believed to have been masterminded by senior military personnel in a dissident faction within the armed forces, either in protest at the results of the recently held parliamentary elections, or unmentioned grievances in the military service.
In 1980, President João Bernardo Vieira took over the helm of affairs via a coup.
Vieira had earlier fired Mane from command of the armed forces on charges of selling weapons to a group of rebels in southern Senegal.
Throughout his presidency, Vieira has been faced with an enormous challenge--to create an economy that functions adequately in a country still reeling from centuries of colonial rule.
The other path is the one proffered by organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Western sources of assistance that Vieira has been forced to court in the face of harsh economic realities.
Vieira was born in 1939 in Bissau, the capital of what was then known as Portuguese Guinea.
Vieira joined Cabral's PAIGC in 1960, and he soon became a key player in the uprising that ensued.
Vieira was known to his comrades as "Nino," and this remained his nom de guerre for the duration of the struggle.
In 1964 Vieira was appointed chief of military operations for the entire southern front, an important arena of conflict.
For the next few years, Vieira was assigned to the southern front as the ranking member of the political bureau.
In the shuffle that followed, Vieira was named deputy secretary-general of the PAIGC.
Elections were held in the parts of the country that had already been liberated, and Vieira was chosen president of the People's National Assembly.
In the first government of Guinea-Bissau's independent era, Vieira was made one of four members of the PAIGC's permanent secretariat, the highest-ranking body in the country's decision-making process.
Vieira was chosen as his replacement.
In 1983, amid rumors of an impending coup attempt, Vieira had several members of the pre-coup leadership arrested.
The resulting hardships led to rumors of another coup attempt and the arrest of about 20 army officers, though Vieira denied that any attempted overthrow had taken place.
Elections were held in June of 1989, and Vieira was reelected to the presidency for another five years.
In the dog-eat-dog world of Third World politics, Joo Vieira has been the model of resilience.
Vieira has perhaps given up on the socialist dreams of his political mentor, Amilcar Cabral.
Vieira said China was a friendly nation of Guinea Bissau.
Vieira was a key figure in the independence struggle against Portugal and ruled the country for 19 years prior to the civil war.
But Vieira has faced problems since his return to office and, just after parliament dissolved in August, he had his navy chief arrested on suspicion of planning a coup.
Joo Bernardo Nino Vieira was born 27 April 1939.
Nino Vieira was President of Guinea-Bissau from 1980-1999.
In 1999 after the end of the civil conflict Nino Vieira was granted political asylum by the Portuguese government and has return to his home country on 7 April.
1999-2005: Political asylum in Portugal Nino Vieira was sent in exile to Portugal.
In Addis Ababa, African Union chief Jean Ping said Vieira had called to tell him about the failure of this morning's mutiny.
Vieira took power in a bloodless coup in 1980 and ruled until 1999 with support from the army and the PAIGC.
As president for almost two decades, Vieira had introduced multiparty politics and had liberalized the economy, but critics had accused him of human rights abuses.
Vieira had also been barred from participating in the elections because of his asylum status; he had been living in exile in Portugal for six years.
Yala had been barred from taking part in any political activity following his ouster in 2003, while Vieira had also been barred from participating in the election because of his asylum status; he had been living in exile in Portugal for six years.
Weekend Vanguard: Guinea Bissau President Joao Bernardo Vieira has sought and been granted political asylum in.
Joao Bernardo Vieira has finally taken up the post of president of Guinea Bissau after a series of post-electoral difficulties.
Bissau - Joao Bernardo Vieira was declared victorious on Saturday, two weeks after the second round of presidential voting in Guinea- Bissau.
Guinea-Bissau President Joao Bernardo Vieira said in Bissau Sunday that peace in the west African state would last indefinitely, a report reaching here said.
President of Guinea-Bissau visits Shanghai SHANGHAI, Oct 29 (Xinhua) -- President of Guinea-Bissau Joao Bernardo Vieira said here Sunday evening that he wished the upcoming Beijing Summit of the Forum on the China-Africa Cooperation a complete success.
Joao Bernardo Vieira is a symbol of the construction of the Guinean state and of national unity because he proclaimed our independence in the hills of Boe," Yala said, referring to Vieira's role as a guerrilla commander in the fight against Portuguese colonial rule in the 1960s and early 1970s.
However, Yala's decision to support Vieira was unpopular with many people within his own Social Renovation Party (PRS) and Balanta ethnic group.
Vieira came to power in a 1980 coup and ruled this West African country for 19 years until he was ousted in 1999 during a civil war.
During his time in power, Vieira was widely accused of oppressing and persecuting the Balanta, who comprise 30 percent of Guinea-Bissau's 1.
Vieira has been accused of ordering the execution of several suspected political opponents during his years in power.
Aims Vieira said his aim was to bring to an end a political crisis which has struck Guinea-Bissau since 26 July when the PAIGC withdrew from the coalition government following the sacking by Prime Minister Marthinho Ndafa Cabi of four high-ranking officials without first consulting the coalition.
Wade said he sent Senegalese troops to the border with Guinea-Bissau and had prepared a plane to evacuate Vieira and his family, but Vieira had not wanted to leave.
João Bernardo Vieira is Trade Officer in Guinea-Bissau’s Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Craft.
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, Nov 24 (UPI) -- A coup attempt in Guinea-Bissau undermines the African Union's efforts to discourage such unconstitutional power grabs, an analyst says.
Vieira takes office, he still will have to deal with the ruling-party majority.
Vieira is expected to choose a prime minister from that party since it holds a near-majority in parliament.
Vieira said Wednesday he was willing to collaborate with Guinea Bissaus current Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior.
Vieira described himself as a gift from God to the people of Guinea Bissau.
In 1994 VIEIRA was elected president in the country's first free elections.
In 2005, former President VIEIRA was re-elected president pledging to pursue economic development and national reconciliation.