Hundreds demand Guinea Bissau government resign
BAround 1 000 opposition protesters gathered Friday to call for the resignation of Guinea-Bissau's government, a year on from a failed mediation process aimed at ending the country's grinding political crisis.
The tiny west African state has been in the grip of a power struggle since August 2015, when President Jose Mario Vaz sacked then premier Domingos Simoes Pereira, leader of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). Talks mediated by Guinean President Alpha Conde in October 2016 had envisaged naming a new prime minister, putting together an "inclusive" government and reintegrating the lawmakers into the PAIGC.
A heavy security presence in the capital Bissau prevented an even larger protest, organisers told AFP, where a journalist at the scene counted around 1 000 pro- testers drawn from 18 different parties, who aimed angry chants at the president.
"This meeting is just the beginning of a series of actions that we are undertaking. We are just warming up," said Pereira, expressing hope that the military, civil society and religious groups would join future protests.
More rallies are expected across Bissau until November 5, the organisers said.