Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:16 - Updated Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:12
Gridlocked Guinea Bissau names fifth PM in a year
Guinea Bissau named its fifth prime minister in a year on Friday as the coup-ridden West African country struggled to end months of political gridlock.
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A presidential decree named Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo - a brigadier general as well as a presidential adviser and minister in previous administrations.
President Jose Mario Vaz had to dissolve the previous government on Monday after the last prime minister, Baciro Dja, failed to win the full support of his ruling PAIGC party, an organization hit by regular infighting.
Political rivals agreed in September to a plan to ease a crisis that has prevented parliament from agreeing budgets and blocked international aid.
The six-point plan, put together with the help of regional mediators, included a preliminary agreement to form a consensus government.
The former Portuguese colony has seen nine coups or attempted coups since 1980 and become a major transit point for cocaine trafficked from South America to Europe.
- 29/11/2016 12:37:32
Guinea Bissau's dominant political party on Monday rejected President Jose Mario Vaz's newly-appointed prime minister and said it would refuse to join his new government, likely extending a year-long political paralysis.
- 15/11/2016 11:56:57
Guinea Bissau's president said on Monday he would dissolve the government and appoint another soon, as part of a plan to end political deadlock that has gripped the country for over a year.
- 20/01/2016 13:42:09
BISSAU - Fifteen former members of Guinea Bissau's leading party joined the opposition on Monday, handing Prime Minister Carlos Correia's opponents a majority in parliament and vowing to block his spending plan, a move which would bring down his government.