Guinea Bissau president dismisses the government

2015-08-13 13:51
The new president of Guinea-Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz. (File: AFP)

The new president of Guinea-Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz. (File: AFP)

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Johannesburg (dpa) - Guinea Bissau's president Jose Mario Vaz has dismissed the government following disagreements with Prime Minister Domingo Pereira, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported on Thursday.

The rift had widened since last year over questions, including the use of aid money and how to deal with rebels in the region of Casamance.

Vaz accused Pereira of creating a group of personal interests within the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which both the president and prime minister belong to, the website Bissau Digital reported.

The former Portuguese colony in West Africa has undergone nine coups or coup attempts since 1980. None of its democratically elected governments have served a full term since a multi-party system was introduced in 1994.

Donors pledged more than 1.1 billion dollars in aid after Guinea Bissau returned to civilian rule last year following a 2012 coup.

Portugal warned recently that the growing instability could endanger aid.

Vaz now needs to ask PAIGC to propose a new prime minister, Lusa quoted constitutional expert Carlos Vamaim as saying.

Guinea Bissau is considered a "failed state" by international analysts and is one of the biggest global transit points for cocaine.

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