Many political groups in Guinea Bissau on Thursday reacted to the decision by the country’s President Jose Mario Vaz to dissolve the government led by Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira.
Alberto Nambeia, the president of Social Renewal Party, the country’s second political force that supports the government, deplored the president’s decision.
“The dissolution of government is a major setback for Guinea Bissau,” he said, adding that “the current political crisis will open the door for instability in the country.”
The National Civil Society Movement “vehemently condemned” the dissolution of government.
“From now henceforth, President Mario Vaz is responsible for any deterioration of the political, social and economic environment,” said Jorge Gomes, the movement’s president who also urged civil society groups to express their displeasure with the decision.
However, the civil society movement urged the defense and security forces to remain calm in their barracks to allow for peaceful resolution of the crisis.
“We urge the president to present his allegations to the public prosecutor,” Gomes said.
While dismissing Pereira, Vaz accused him of embezzling public funds amounting to 49 billion CFA Francs (83 million U.S. dollars) from foreign aid and also 60 billion CFA Francs from the public treasury.
Elsewhere, the former representative of the UN secretary general in Guinea Bissau who was equally the former East Timor president, Jose Ramos Horta, condemned the dissolution of government.
“I will ask the East Timor government to suspend all its cooperation agreements with Guinea Bissau,” Horta said.
East Timor which is a member of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, is one of the countries that funded Guinea Bissau’s 2014 elections.
After the dissolution of government, Vaz is expected to set up an interim government that will organize legislative elections within 90 days. Enditem