Henrique Rosa

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Henrique Rosa
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President of Guinea-Bissau
In office
28 September 2003 1 October 2005
Prime Minister Artur Sanhá
Carlos Gomes
Preceded by Veríssimo Correia Seabra (Chairman of the Military Committee for the Restoration of Constitutional and Democratic Order)
Succeeded by João Bernardo Vieira
Personal details
Born(1946-01-18)18 January 1946
Bafatá, Guinea-Bissau
Died 15 May 2013(2013-05-15) (aged 67)
Porto, Portugal
Political party Independent

Henrique Pereira Rosa (18 January 1946 – 15 May 2013) was a politician from Guinea-Bissau who served as interim President of Guinea-Bissau from 2003 to 2005. He was born in 1946 in Bafatá. [1]

Guinea-Bissau country in Western Africa

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Interim President of Guinea-Bissau

Rosa served as the interim President of Guinea-Bissau from 28 September 2003 [2] until 1 October 2005. His appointment came following a 14 September military coup that deposed the elected government of President Kumba Ialá and subsequent talks between political officials, civil society leaders, and the Military Committee for the Restitution of Constitutional and Democratic Order, led by Veríssimo Correia Seabra.

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The main goal of the Rosa-led caretaker government was to administer elections that would return the country to constitutional, democratic rule. This was achieved in March 2004 with the holding of a free and fair legislative election. A presidential election held in June and July 2005 was also considered democratic and transparent. The latter election was won by João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, who had previously been President from 1980 to 1999; Rosa was not a candidate.

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Also during this two-year period, Rosa's government managed to bring a level of political stability to Guinea-Bissau along with notable improvements in the country's human rights record.

Human rights Inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled

Human rights are "the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled" Examples of rights and freedoms which are often thought of as human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and property, freedom of expression, pursuit of happiness and equality before the law; and social, cultural and economic rights, including the right to participate in science and culture, the right to work, and the right to education.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Resignation and subsequent political activity

Rosa handed over power to Vieira on 1 October 2005.

Rosa stood as an independent candidate in the June 2009 presidential election, [3] finishing in third place.


On 15 May 2013, Rosa died at a hospital in Porto, in northern Portugal, after losing a nine month battle with lung cancer. He was 67 years old. [4]

Porto Municipality in Norte, Portugal

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula. The city proper has a population of 287,591 and the metropolitan area of Porto, which extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, has a population of 2.3 million (2011) in an area of 2,395 km2 (925 sq mi), making it the second-largest urban area in Portugal. It is recognized as a gamma-level global city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Study Group, the only Portuguese city besides Lisbon to be recognised as a global city.

Portugal Republic in Southwestern Europe

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe. It is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.

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  1. "Henrique Rosa to run for president of Guinea Bissau - Primeiro diário caboverdiano em linha - A SEMANA". www.asemana.publ.cv. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  2. "Guinea-Bissau: New prime minister promises government of civilians, politicians", Lusa (nl.newsbank.com), 29 September 2003.
  3. "Guinea-Bissau candidates keep it low-key after killings", AFP, 10 June 2009.
  4. "Guinea-Bissau's former interim president Rosa dies". 98.4 Capital FM . 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Veríssimo Correia Seabra
as Chairman of the Military Committee for the Restoration of Constitutional and Democratic Order of Guinea-Bissau
President of Guinea-Bissau

Succeeded by
João Bernardo Vieira