President sacks PM and Cabinet
Following a period of political crisis in the country, President José Mário Vaz has dismissed his Prime Minister, Domingos Simões Pereira, and all the members of his Cabinet. In a speech to the nation the President listed a series of issues that had arisen between himself and the Prime Minister.
In his speech the president said “Even if all members of the government were dismissed from their posts, a cabinet reshuffle would not solve the crisis of confidence in the state leadership.” The ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) of which Vaz and Pereira are both members is expected to meet to propose a new prime minister.
The president cited a long list of grievances especially in the non-functioning of institutions including the recruitment of additional public servants when a reduction had been agreed. The president also questioned how substantial sums of international aid had been spent.
The political crisis is likely to plunge the country into further turmoil after a couple of years of relative stability and the likelihood of an early general election has increased.
You can read the president’s speech in Portuguese here.