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Vol 57 No 12

Published 10th June 2016

Guinea Bissau

A 'presidential coup'

Despite a court ruling against him, the head of state has re-appointed a controversial Prime Minister

President José Mário Vaz's appointment of ruling party renegade Baciro Djá as Prime Minister on 27 May marks a tactical victory in the chronic conflict between the reform faction and the section of the political class wedded to the days of military rule. Having on 12 May dismissed Prime Minister Carlos Correia, who belongs to the progressive wing of the Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde (PAIGC), Vaz was able to push through Djá's appointment with the support of his ally, chief of the general staff, Biague Nantan. Correia had to be protected by Economic Commission of West African States' peacekeeping troops as the move was carried out. Djá's appointment by 'presidential initiative' has previously been declared unconstitutional by the High Court and the appointment is already being described as a 'presidential coup'.

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