The situation is complicated in Guinea-Bissau. President Jose Mario Vaz goes ahead with his plan to prevent the holding of presidential elections the next day 24. After the recall so withering to all the Government and appoint a new prime minister, this Thursday has appointed another Executive against the advice of the entire international community, which has shown a seamless support to the ministerial team of Aristides Gomes, who does not recognize the recall and has continued to work. From this Thursday there are two Executives in this small african country of less than two million inhabitants, one recognized by the international community and the other appointed by the president.

José Mario Vaz, president of Guinea-Bissau from 2014, flee forward. Before the serious risk of losing the head of State in the election the next November 24, has decided to plant a mule to its citizens and to the entire international community. The last Monday announced the dismissal of the Government headed by Aristides Gomes, appointed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lead the country up to these elections and take the country out of the locking suffers from 2015. Not happy with this, hours later, appointed Faustino Fudut the imbali as the new prime minister. And this Thursday, in another twist, promulgated, by decree, a new Government.

The international community has responded with unity and firmness the attempts of Vaz to halt the electoral process. United nations, the European Union and the African Union have closed ranks with ECOWAS and have reminded the president that his term expired in June, and that the decree of dismissal of the Government is “illegal”. Also, have warned of sanctions to those seeking to prevent the elections from the 24th of November, whose campaign starts this Saturday. The Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) is in the same line, as well as the Governments of Angola, France and Portugal, among others.

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made public a statement in which he describes the dismissal of Gomes ‘ attempts to derail the electoral process on course” and ensures that this decree “goes against the Constitution of Guinea-Bissau and against the framework of the agreement created by the final communiqué adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS of 29 June, who entrusted all the functions of government to the Cabinet headed by prime minister Aristides Gomes”. Madrid shows its seamless support to the holding of presidential elections fair, free and transparent November 24.

The Executive Gomes has continued to work and, after holding a Council of Ministers extraordinary, has welcomed the position of “non-interference in political issues,” expressed by the Armed Forces through his chief of staff and has asked the security forces to continue to fulfill its role as a constitutional guarantee order and security to the various Executive departments can continue to function. Also, has called for calm to the population that, for the time being, he continues with his normal life.

Guinea-Bissau is in the midst of a deep political and institutional crisis for the clash between Jose Mario Vaz, elected president in 2014, and Domingos Simões Pereira, appointed as prime minister and dismissed by Vaz in 2015 and leader of the main party of the country, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which was winner of the legislative elections held in march and which dominates the Parliament with the support of their allies. Both are candidates to the presidential elections the next day 24.


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