Bissau court confirms loss of seats for 15 PAIGC rebel MPs

A Bissau regional court on Wednesday confirmed the loss of seats for 15 rebel members of parliament of Guinea Bissau's ruling party, African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC).

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“The decision by the permanent commission of the National Assembly which ruled that the 15 PAIGC parliamentarians lose their seats was in accordance with the law,” the statement from the court read.

The Law Court
The Law Court

Against a directive from their party, the fifteen parliamentarians were absent during a parliamentary debate on Prime Minister Carlos Correia’s government program, leading to its rejection and an internal crisis within PAIGC which has 57 MPs out of 101.

The dissident parliamentarians were expelled from PAIGC and parliament’s permanent commission ruled that they were no longer members of parliament.

The court ruled that the 15 MPs had lost their seats because “the electoral law confers to political parties a monopoly on legislative elections by giving them exclusive legitimacy to present candidates in parliamentary elections.”

The court equally based its decision on the Constitution of the Republic which gives all legitimacy to political parties that contribute to organization and expression of the popular will. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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