Guinea-Bissau calm after dismissal of government

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UN Security Council meeting. UN File Photo/Cia Pak

Guinea-Bissau remains calm after the president dismissed the government over a row with the prime minister, according to a senior UN envoy to the West African country.

The army, quick to intervene in past political disputes in the coup-prone former Portuguese colony, has reportedly remained in their barracks.

Marco Carmignani, deputy head of the UN's peacebuilding office in Guinea-Bissau, said President Jose Mario Vaz is consulting with political parties in the national assembly.

In July 2014, Mr Vaz became Guinea-Bissau’s first elected civilian leader since the army staged a coup in 2012.

Eleutério Guevane caught up with Mr Carmignani before a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the crisis in the country.

Duration: 2'55"

 

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