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Guinea-Bissau government sacked

  • 13 August 2015
  • From the section Africa
Guinea-Bissau newly elected President Jose Mario Vaz listens to questions during a joint press conference with his Ivorian counterpart after their meeting at the Presidential palace in Abidjan on June 11, 2014
Guinea-Bisseau’s president said a simple reshuffle would not be sufficient to solve the rift with the prime minister

Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz has dismissed the government following a rift with Prime Minister Domingos Pereira.

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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 last year.

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 announcement 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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The UN Security Council has asked the leaders to resume dialogue.

Earlier, Portugal warned that development aid could be at risk if the country slipped back into instability.

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