10 Facts About PAIGC


PAIGC governed Cape Verde, from its independence in 1975 to 1980.

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The massacre caused a large segment of the population to swing towards the PAIGC's push for independence, although the Portuguese authorities still considered the movement to be irrelevant, and took no serious action in trying to suppress it.

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In 1961, the PAIGC combined with the Mozambican FRELIMO and Angolan MPLA to establish the Conference of Nationalist Organizations of the Portuguese Colonies, a common party to coordinate the struggles for independence of Portuguese colonies across Africa.

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On 23 January 1963 the PAIGC started the Guinea-Bissau War of Independence by attacking a Portuguese garrison in Tite.

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The PAIGC fought fiercely, and the Portuguese took heavy casualties and gained ground slowly.

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PAIGC was the first African party to establish a comprehensive cooperative program with Sweden.

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The Cape Verdean branch of PAIGC was converted into a separate party, the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde.

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In March 2007, the PAIGC formed a three-party alliance with the PRS and the United Social Democratic Party as the three parties sought to form a new government.

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PAIGC withdrew its backing for Kabi on 29 February 2008, stating that this was done "to avoid acts of indiscipline threatening cohesion and unity in the party".

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PAIGC received support from the governments of China, Cuba, Soviet Union, Senegal, Guinea, Libya, Algeria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Ghana.

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