Second minister resigns over Syrian refugees


A second minister has resigned over the incident of 74 Syrian refugees being forced onto a TAP (Portuguese Airlines) aircraft to Lisbon, Portugal.

This time it is Interior Minister António Suca Intchama who has resigned. According to a report in Bissau-Digital, the minister said “I put forward my resignation to allow the Commission of Inquiry established by the Government to complete its work, because I do not want to obstruct the investigations”.

The Syrian refugees were reportedly forced on to the TAP plane despite the local authorities knowing that they carried false Turkish passport.

Foreign Minister Fernando Delfim da Silva tendered his resignation last Friday after the incident caused a breach in diplomatic relations with Portugal, a former colonial power. TAP has suspended its three times a week flights to Guinea-Bissau.

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