Guinea-Bissau urged to resume dialogue and end power struggle

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Miguel Trovoada. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Competing political parties in Guinea-Bissau have been urged by the UN's top envoy to the country to resume dialogue to end the power struggle threatening to further undermine stability in the West African nation.

Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz recently appointed a new prime minister, Baciro Dja, in a bid to end a power vacuum after he dismissed the previous government.

UN special envoy Miguel Trovoada briefed the 15 members of the UN Security Council on the situation.

Stephanie Coutrix has more.

Guinea-Bissau has remained calm since the country's president dismissed the government over a row with the prime minister and appointed a new one.

UN special envoy Miguel Trovoada said demonstrations have so far been peaceful and the army has made clear it would stay out of the crisis and obey the constitution.

Mr Trovoada said that the government dismissed had been representative of all political parties and could have helped keep the country stable.

“The government that has been removed was inclusive and made up of almost all the representative political parties in the popular national assembly, which assured that it had a comfortable basis of parliamentary support. Therefore, at first site it would seem that the main conditions were in place to ensure that there would be a framework of political stability that would be favourable to the proper functioning of the state."

Mr Trovoada said he's been in frequent contact with senior public officials to persuade them that a resumption of dialogue is the only way out of the crisis.

Civilian rule was restored to the coup-prone country in June of last year when President Vaz assumed office through a peaceful election.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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