Government in Guinea-Bissau

  • Guinea Bissau: Reforms Are Not Optional for the Country's Stability

    GUINEA-BISSAU, 2017/07/17 At the same time as Guinea-Bissau's President José Mário Vaz sacked Domingos Simões Pereira as prime minister in August 2015, the country hit a political stalemate. In Guinea-Bissau, elections have often been presented as a solution to the country's various crises. This was the case next the 1998/9 armed conflict, the second transition from 2004 to 2005, and additional recently the one from 2012 to 2014.
  • Guinea-Bissau forms new govt after two-month stalemate

    GUINEA-BISSAU, 2015/10/21 Guinea-Bissau has formed a new government, according to a presidential decree issued early Tuesday, ending a two-month political stalemate in the coup-plagued West African country. The country has been in turmoil since President Jose Mario Vaz fired prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira on August 12 over a series of disputes, placing the chief of national at loggerheads with his ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). The new team includes 15 ministers and 14 secretaries of national, mostly from the previous government and the PAIGC. The natural resources and interior portfolios have not from presently on been assigned and will be managed by 81-year-old acting premier Carlos Correia, who became the third prime minister in just over a month next he was appointed in September.
  • Prime Minister's Appointment 'Important Step' for Ending Guinea-Bissau Crisis

    GUINEA-BISSAU, 2015/09/22 The United Nations Security Council took note of the recent appointment of Carlos Correia as the Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau as an significant step towards ending the country's political crisis, and stressed the importance of forming a new Government at the earliest. "The members of the Security Council emphasised this as an significant step towards bringing an end to the political crisis that has prevailed in the country since mid-August 2015," said a statement issued to the press. The 15-member body as well commended the respect for the Constitution and the policy of law demonstrated by the Bissau-Guinean actors, inclunding the non-interference of the security forces in the political situation in the country and the restraint shown in this regard.
  • Guinea-Bissau's parliament votes to get rid of new PM

    GUINEA-BISSAU, 2015/08/26 Guinea-Bissau lawmakers on Monday adopted a proposition 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. Next 12 hours of intense debate in the National Assembly, the lawmakers adopted the proposition 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.
  • ECOWAS certifies Guinea-Bissau election free, fair, transparent

    GUINEA-BISSAU, 2014/04/17 The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has certified Sunday's legislative and presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau 'peaceful, free, equitable and transparent'. In a preliminary statement issued in Bissau and made available to PANA here Tuesday, it said the 'minor hitches' that were recorded during the election did not in anyway tarnish the 'in general exemplary conduct' of the electoral process. 'The ECOWAS EOM wishes to stress that the elections were conducted in accordance with international good practices and the provisions of the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance,' said the statement, signed by former President of the Interim Government of National Unity of Liberia Amos Sawyer, who led the 220-member EOM, and his deputy Kabiné Komara, former Prime Minister of the Transitional Government of Guinea.
  • Paulo Gomes to Run for President of Guinea-Bissau

    GUINEA-BISSAU, 2013/10/09 Speaking to thousands of people today, the 49 year old technocrat and former World Bank Executive Director announced, "It is with both humility and pride that I, Paulo Gomes stand here today to declare my candidature for President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau." The declaration took place at the National Institute for Physical and Sports Education (ENEFD) amidst performances by musicians inclunding world renown Ze Manel, and testimonies by young women and men, it was both festive and solemn. "We are a small country with only 1.6 million people," Gomes said. "There is no excuse for not being able to develop the natural resources we have into wealth. There is no valid reason why most of us do not have access to clean water, basic education, healthcare and people in the city regularly spend weeks without electricity."
  • ECOWAS happy at Guinea Bissauan progress towards polls in November

    GUINEA-BISSAU, 2013/06/23 The ECOWAS Council of Ministers, saying that it noted the gradual evolution in the drive towards achieving stability in Guinea Bissau, has hailed the consensus reached by stakeholders in that country on a Regime Pact adopted in April 2013 towards the conduct of elections in November 2013. This indication is contained in a communique, issued in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, following the 17-18 June conference of the Council. According to the communique, the Council as well hailed the formation of the broad-based inclusive transitional Government on 7 June, 2013, in consonance with the letter and spirit of the Pact, whose responsibility will be to prepare and organise elections.
  • African governments review growing energy and food subsidies

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/20 African government deficits, while low by historical standards, has been creeping up as aid and remittances dip, and counter-cyclical interventions rack up in response to the effects of the financial crisis. Combined with a rising food and fuel import bill, governments are presently looking for savings. Energy and food subsidies are increasingly being reviewed.
  • The 7th Portuguese-language Business Conference

    ANGOLA, 2013/04/23 The 7th Portuguese-language Business Conference is due to be held Monday and Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and to be attended by 1,200 businesspeople and representatives of the eight member states of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Nations (CPLP).