BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) — The African Union says it could lift sanctions against Guinea-Bissau as the country's leader promises elections later this year.
The West African country long destabilized by rebellions suffered its latest coup in April 2012.
Guinea-Bissau's interim leader is now pledging to organize elections before the end of the year though no date has been officially set.
Ouvídio Pequeno, the AU's permanent representative to Guinea-Bissau, on Thursday praised the latest political developments.
And he said the international community was ready to help Guinea-Bissau organize and carry out the vote.
Guinea-Bissau, used by drug traffickers to ferry cocaine to Europe, was just weeks away from a presidential runoff vote when the military coup took place last year.
No leader in nearly 40 years of independence has finished his term in office.