Guinea-Bis­sau’s par­lia­ment votes to get rid of new PM

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Guinea-Bis­sau law­mak­ers on Mon­day adopted a pro­posal to try and get rid of the coun­try’s new prime min­is­ter through le­gal means in a bid to re­solve a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis over his ap­point­ment.

Af­ter 12 hours of in­tense de­bate in the Na­tional Assem­bly, the law­mak­ers adopted the pro­posal in which they “ex­press their dis­agree­ment with the nom­i­na­tion of Prime Min­is­ter Baciro Dja” last week.

They de­cided to “at­tempt ac­tions with a view to de­pos­ing the new prime min­is­ter” in a res­o­lu­tion adopted by 75 of 79 law­mak­ers present from the coun­try’s 102-seat par­lia­ment.

Law­mak­ers will present the res­o­lu­tion to Pres­i­dent Jose Mario Vaz, and if he ig­nores it, they plan to take up the is­sue with the Supreme Court.

Dja was ap­pointed af­ter Vaz fired his pre­de­ces­sor Domin­gos Si­moes Pereira, an­ger­ing the rul­ing party and plung­ing the chron­i­cally un­sta­ble na­tion into fresh cri­sis.

While all three men be­long to the rul­ing African Party for the In­de­pen­dence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) — which holds a slen­der ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment — the bloc has fallen in line be­hind its leader Pereira in the dis­pute.

The law­mak­ers also urged Vaz to ask the PAIGC to nom­i­nate another prime min­is­ter af­ter which the pres­i­dent must “con­sult with par­ties in par­lia­ment and an ad­vi­sory body at­tached to the pres­i­dent’s of­fice.”

Af­ter Pereira’s sack­ing the rul­ing party renom­i­nated him, but to no avail.

Op­po­si­tion law­maker Vic­tor Mandinga said that if the latest res­o­lu­tion was ig­nored, “the assem­bly will go to the Supreme Court to rule” on the dis­pute.

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