Guinea-Bissau

Baciro Djá named Prime Minister


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President José Mário Vaz has appointed Baciro Djá to be the new prime minister of Guinea-Bissau. Vaz sacked his previous prime minister, Domingos Simões Pereira, last week after a simmering dispute between the two men. Although the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), of which all three men belong, re-nominated Pereira the president refused to accept his name.

Djá now has to gain acceptance from the ruling party and build a majority in parliament. Currently the PAIGC holds 62 of the 102 seats in the National People’s Assembly. If the new prime minister is unable to form a majority the country is likely to go to a full set of elections.

Djá (39) is a former Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of Defence (2011-2012) as well as government spokesman. He graduated in Social Psychology from the University of Havana (Cuba) in 1996 and in 1998 completed a Masters in Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychology Application of Lisbon (Portugal). From 2006 to 2008 he was Reform Project coordinator at Desefa e Segurança and President of the Institute of National Defence. In 2008 he was elected to parliament and appointed Minister of Youth and Sports. Baciro Djá is fluent in Portuguese, French and Spanish.

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