President dismisses his Cabinet in accordance with the Conakry Agreement
President José Mário Vaz has announced the dismissal of his Cabinet in accordance with the Conakry Agreement which was signed on 14th October. The agreement follows a sustained period of political crisis in the country which started last year when the president sacked his then Prime Minister Domingo Simões Pereira and his Cabinet.
The dismissal brought the president into conflict with his own party, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) and was exacerbated when Baciro Djá was then appointed prime minister. Djá was forced to resign 20 days later following a ruling by the Supreme Court that his appointment was unconstitutional. A former prime minister, Carlos Correia, was then appointed in September 2015 but he only lasted until May 2016 when he was replaced once more by Baciro Djá in what Correia called “a constitutional coup d’etat”.
Then the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) got involved along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and others which led to the Conakry Agreement.
The agreement includes a commitment to:
• Accelerate the reintegration of the 15 “dissident” MPs into the PAIGS
• the appointment by the President of a consensual Prime Minister
• the formation of an all-inclusive government, taking into account the parliamentary representations of the political parties
• the convening of parliamentary sessions in the shortest possible time
• the organisation of a national dialogue roundtable to discuss the ‘Stability Pact’ meant to articulate key constitutional and institutional reforms before 2018 legislative elections