Guinea-Bissau’s president dissolved government

By Editorial Board - 13 August 2015 at 3:53 pm
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency José Mário Vaz, President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, and Ms. Rosa Teixeira Goudiaby Vaz, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Guinea-Bissau’s president took the decision to dissolve the government after an argument with the country’s premier.

President Jose Mario Vaz dismissed the government late Wednesday night amidst a split with the prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, according to a statement released by state media.

The two men are said to disagree on numerous issues, including the return of the country’s former army chief of staff and the use of aid money.

Guinea-Bissau is a major point for smuggling cocaine from Latin America to Europe and many top military officers have been accused of turning the country into a narco-state, the BBC reported.

It was only in June last year that the West African state returned to civilian rule, the relationship between Vaz and Pereira has been tense since.

The nation once which was colonised by Portugal has a long history of government takeovers.

Portugual has given warning that aid they provide to Guinea-Bissau could be at risk if the country falls back into instability.

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