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The capital and largest city of Guinea-Bissau, on an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. Founded by the Portuguese in 1687, the city has been a free port since 1869.


(bɪˈsaʊ) or


(Placename) a port on the Atlantic, the capital of Guinea-Bissau (until 1974 Portuguese Guinea). Pop: 369 000 (2005 est)



also Bis•são


a seaport in and the capital of Guinea-Bissau, in the W part. 109,214.
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Noun1.Bissau - the capital of Guinea-BissauBissau - the capital of Guinea-Bissau  
Guinea-Bissau, Guine-Bissau, Portuguese Guinea, Republic of Guinea-Bissau - a republic on the northwestern coast of Africa; recognized as independent by Portugal in 1974
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On April 1, 2010, ex-Navy Chief of Staff Bubo Na Tchuto left the UN premises in Bissau, where he had sought refuge in late December 2009 after deserting the military and going into exile in The Gambia in 2008.
But calm appeared to have returned the capital, Bissau, and Vieira assured citizens that "the situation is under control".
The European Commission announced on June 3, that it is deploying an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the presidential elections in Guinea Bissau scheduled to take place on June 19.
The Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) presidential mission to Bissau on 5 November, by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Minister of State Kiridy Bangoura, representing Alpha Cond, President of Guinea and ECOWAS mediator, provides the opportunity to make decisive progress in solving the persisting crisis in Guinea Bissau.
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, Shawwal 29, 1436, August 14, 2015, SPA -- Guinea-Bissau's president has dismissed the government amid mounting tensions between the leader and the prime minister, according to AP.
Political parties: In the November 2008 parliamentary elections, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea- Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) won 67 seats; the Social Renovation Party (PRS) won 28 seats; and the Republican Party for Independence and Development won 3 seats.
The Members of the Security Council welcomed this initiative which is part of the implementation of the six-point ECOWAS road map to end the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, agreed by political leaders on 10 September 2016, in Bissau.
JEDDAH, April 15 (KUNA) -- The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) openly denounced here Sunday the recent military coup in Guinea Bissau, which is an OIC member state.
Demba Dahaba, who is also the main advisor on economic affairs and development to the President of Guinea Bissau, is on an official visit to the Kingdom.
In August 2004, sanctions under Section 508 of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act--which were imposed as a result of the September 2003 military coup--were lifted and Bissau once again became eligible for IMET and other direct aid.
Ban welcomed the dialogue, under way in neighbouring Guinea, as the crucial first step in implementing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) roadmap to end the political crisis, which political leaders agreed to in Bissau on 10 September 2016.
The port of Bissau has no meaningful security and containers routinely leave the country without inspection.