International community concerned over Guinea Bissau’s political crisis

Representatives of the international community in Guinea Bissau on Wednesday urged the country's political leaders to dialogue to end the ongoing political differences.


The appeal was made following a crisis that has divided the ruling party, African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), after parliament’s rejection of Prime Minister Carlos Correia’s government program.

Guinea Bissau
Guinea Bissau

The African Union (AU) representative in the country Ovidio Pequeno, who is also the spokesman for the group, warned that without stability, the international community will not release support promised during the Donors’ Round Table in Bruxelles.

“The international community strongly condemns any action that puts security, stability and peace in danger,” he said when he spoke on behalf of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), AU, the Community of Portuguese Speaking States, the EU and the UN.

The crisis began on Dec. 28, 2015 at Parliament which has 102 members, when 15 of 57 PAIGC parliamentarians refused to vote for Correia’s government plan.

Due to this, the proposal was rejected and the 15 parliamentarians who led to its defeat were expelled from PAIGC. A parliamentary commission later ruled that the 15 had lost their seats and they were to be replaced.

However, the expelled parliamentarians refused to leave parliament building on Monday, a day when the government program was supposed to be re-examined.

The parliamentary sitting did not take place after the rebel parliamentarians, supported by 41 opposition members of parliament, started shouting and heckling.

Following the incidents, the rebel MPs joined the opposition parliamentarians in voting for a censure motion against Correia’s government.

The decision was considered as null and void by Speaker of Parliament Cipriano Cassama who had initially suspended the session.

Following the crisis, Bissau police boss Col. Jose Antonio Marques was relieved of his duties for allowing the 15 parliamentarians to enter parliament building.

Correia was appointed to the position on Sept. 17 after the Aug. 12, 2015 sacking of ex-PM Domingos Simoes Pereira by President Jose Mario Vaz, following disagreement between the two men who are members of PAIGC. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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