Guinea-Bissau’s President Vaz sacks his government

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Guinea-Bissau newly elected President Jose Mario Vaz listens to questions during a joint press conference with his Ivorian counterpart after their meeting at the Presidential palace in Abidjan on June 11, 2014
Guinea-Bisseau’s president said a simple reshuffle would not be sufficient to solve the rift with the prime minister

Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz has dismissed the government following a rift with Prime Minister Domingos Pereira.

The two men are said to have disagreed on a number of issues including the use of aid money and the return to Guinea-Bissau of a former army chief of staff.

The West African state returned to civilian rule in June last year.

With a history of coups, no elected leader has served a full term since independence from Portugal in 1974.

Many senior military officers have also been accused of turning the country into a narco state as it a major hub for cocaine smuggled from Latin America to Europe.

BBC Africa’s Zenaida Machado says the announcement follows weeks of tension between the president and the prime minister.

In a televised address, Mr Vaz said a simple reshuffle would not be sufficient to solve the problem.

The UN Security Council has asked the leaders to resume dialogue.

Earlier, Portugal warned that development aid could be at risk if the country slipped back into instability.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-33903396

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