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Wednesday, April 14, 1999 Published at 00:37 GMT 01:37 UK

World: Africa

First sitting of Guinea-Bissau Parliament since war

At the first sitting of parliament in Guinea-Bissau since last year's civil war, the Prime Minister, Francisco Fadul, has outlined his programme of recovery.

Mr Fadul told deputies that his priority was to accelerate the return to their homes of more than a-quarter-of-a-million people displaced by the fighting.

He also reaffirmed his government's commitment to hold elections towards the end of the year.

The promise of fresh elections was part of a peace agreement signed last year by Guinea-Bissau's president, Joao Bernardo Vieira, and the leader of an army rebellion, Ansumane Mane.

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