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Guinea Bissau Prez dismisses government amid rift

from BBC
Guinea-Bissau  President, Jose Mario Vaz
Guinea-Bissau President, Jose Mario Vaz

(elbcradio.com/August 14, 2015)-President, Jose Mario Vaz, has dismissed the Guinea-Bissau Government, following a rift with the country’s Prime Minister, Domingos Pereira.

The two men are said to have disagreed on a number of issues, including the use of aid money and the return to Guinea-Bissau of a former Army Chief of Staff.
The West African state returned to civilian rule in June 2014.

With a history of coups, no elected leader has served a full term since independence from Portugal in 1974.

Many senior military officers have also been accused of turning the country into a narco-state as it a major hub for cocaine smuggled from Latin America to Europe.

BBC Africa's Zenaida Machado says the pronouncement follows weeks of tension between the President and the Prime Minister.

In a televised address, Mr Vaz said a simple reshuffle would not be sufficient to solve the problem.

 


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