Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:41 - Updated Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:40
Guinea-Bissau Parliament meets to analyze political situation
Bissau - The National People's Assembly of Guinea-Bissau is meeting as from Monday to, among various issues, discuss the political situation in the country and who has the majority in the Guinean parliament.
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A road in the capital Bissau
However, today’s session will not count on the MPs of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), according to what the vice-president of the party, Cipriano Cassamá, also leader of the parliament, announced on Sunday.
The fourth ordinary session of the parliament of Guinea-Bissau will take place between today and August 7, beginning with the election of the first vice-president of the National People's Assembly.
The stand was announced by the leader of the United People's Assembly - Democratic Party of Guinea-Bissau (APU-PDGB), Nuno Nabian, who is now the prime minister.
Guinea-Bissau is experiencing a period of special political tension, with the Guinean parliament divided in two blocks, claiming both a parliamentary majority and defending their right to form a government.
The political crisis worsened after there was no understanding between the various parties to form a Government, until 22 May, that would respect the results of the 2019 legislative elections, won by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC ).
The deadline given by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which has mediated the political crisis in the country, has not been respected, nor has the deadline of 18 June given by the Guinean head of state, Umaro Sissoco Embaló.
The Guinean President, who admitted to dissolving parliament if there was no understanding between the various political factions, said now that he will wait for the plenary session scheduled for 29 June, where it will be determined who has the parliamentary majority and in which the discussion should be included.
PAIGC won the March 2019 legislatures without a majority and made a parliamentary incidence agreement with the United People's Assembly - Democratic Party of Guinea-Bissau (APU-PDGB), New Democracy Party and Union for Change, obtaining 54 of the 102 seats in parliament.
Early in the legislature, the leader of the APU-PDGB, Nuno Nabian, became incompatible with the PAIGC and joined the Movement for Democratic Alternation (Madem-G15), the country's second political force, with 27 MPs, and the Social Renewal Party, which elected 21 deputies.
Despite the new alliance, four of the five MPs of the APU-PDGB maintained their loyalty to the parliamentary incidence agreement signed with the PAIGC.
In the session, parliamentary benches will also nominate deputies to represent them on the State Council, discuss and vote the budget of the National People's Assembly and the creation of a commission of inquiry to investigate the circumstances of the abduction and beatings of MP Marciano Indi, the death of a citizen during a demonstration, and the arrest of a national citizen known as Doka and who has a blog, called Doka International.
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