Guinea-Bissau needs to ensure respect for constitutional order: UN envoy

The power the military holds in Guinea-Bissau will make international partners reluctant to engage with the country's authorities, according to the top United Nations envoy in the country.

Joseph Mutaboba

Briefing the Security Council, Joseph Mutaboba said it is the responsibility of the civilian and military leaders to demonstrate their commitment to lasting peace.

He stressed the need to ensure respect for the rule of law and to continue fighting impunity.

“The non-implementation of the recent decision by the military court to release from detention the former Chief of Defense Staff, Vice Admiral Zamora Induta demonstrates the continued predominance of the military leadership over the judiciary and to some extent the executive. It will undoubtedly increase the reluctance of some international partners to engage with the authorities of Guinea Bissau as it underlines the lack of civilian oversight of the armed forces.”

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