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Entire government sacked

Publish date: 04 November 2019
Issue Number: 848
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau President José Mário Vaz sacked his government 'with immediate effect', casting uncertainty over next month's election. Vaz said the decision, which was read out on national radio, was based on what he called a 'serious political crisis' which had 'prevented the normal operation of some institutions'. BBC News reports that Prime Minister Aristide Gomes last week denounced a coup attempt and police violently repressed an opposition protest. One protester was killed on Saturday and several others were injured during a demonstration calling for a delay to the 24 November election. The opposition wants the election delayed to give it time to clean up the election register to prevent voter fraud.

Full BBC News report