Guinea Bissau president dismisses PM

Guinea Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz on Thursday dismissed Prime Minister Carlos Correia who had served in the position for seven months, and also dissolved his government.

President Jose Mario Vaz
President Jose Mario Vaz

According to a presidential decree, Correia’s government no longer had parliamentary majority following a decision by 15 members of the majority party that nominated him to join the opposition that had 41 members.

President Jose Mario Vaz
President Jose Mario Vaz
The former ruling party, African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) had 57 members of parliament.

The president further noted that the dissolved government did not have any program, something that hampered negotiations with the country’s social partners.

By dissolving government, Vaz is attempting to resolve the conflict that has existed within PAIGC in which he is a member, since last year’s dismissal of former prime minister and head of the party Domingos Simoes Pereira.

The tussle between Vaz and Pereira lasted for two months and ended after the appointment of Correia who was proposed by PAIGC.

However, the political crisis did not end after 15 PAIGC members joined forces with the opposition to defeat a government program presented to parliament by the prime minister.

PAIGC reacted to the situation by expelling the 15 rebel parliamentarians and replacing them in parliament by other loyal members.

Political observers are awaiting the appointment of a new government. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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