Guinea-Bissau President Sacks His Entire Cabinet

President of Guinea-Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz sacked his entire cabinet on Thursday for failure on their part to be true to their service to the people.

President Vaz told the people on radio that he has “taken a decision which makes the political parties aware of their responsibilities in giving them the chance to prove that they place greater importance on the nation and the people over their personal interests or their group or party,” he said.

“It is up to the party which won a majority in the legislative elections to propose a government capable of deserving the trust of the parliamentary majority.”

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Leader of the majority African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) and former Prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira had advised President Vaz to annul the cabinet and conduct new planned elections.

The president had gone with the former but concerning the latter he said, “(elections) are not an adequate means of resolving the problems with discipline, cohesion and internal unity in the political parties.”

Guinea-Bissau has hardly experienced any government stability. The west African state has been plagued by series of coups and government dissolution.

In 2015, President Vaz dissolved his government, removing Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira for the two being in disagreement over how to run the country, especially how to tackle corruption.

Former Minister of National Defense Baciro Djá was appointed as the new Prime Minister but the decision was not accepted by his own party, the PAIGC. Also the Economic Community of West African States had their concerns regarding the role of Prime minister with an active President.

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On September 9, after the supreme court had ruled that Djá’s appointment as Prime Minister was unconstitutional, he resigned. This led to the appointment of Carlos Correia as Prime Minister.

Correia was dismissed with the cabinet dissolution on Thursday, making him the third Prime minister of Guinea-Bissau in just 3 months.

“Carlos Correia’s government is incapable of managing the crisis and creating better political and institutional conditions for (the government’s) full function,” the President said in an address