Portugal accused of interference in Guinea-Bissau's internal affairs – Jornal Econômico


The Movement for Democratic Alternation of Guinea-Bissau (Madem-G15) today called on the Portuguese and Angolan authorities to refrain from "ingesting" in the internal affairs of Guinea-Bissau.

"The parliamentary group of the Movement for Democratic Alternation calls on the authorities of those countries to abstain from interfering in the internal affairs of our country and to respect the sovereignty, laws and institutions of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, the second most voted party in the legislatures on March 10 in Guinea-Bissau.

According to the Madem-G15, the "false political crisis" under way in the National Assembly began with "the undemocratic and illegal conduct of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) and its leader", who decided to violate The Constitution of the Republic and the regiment of the National People's Assembly and "other norms governing the normal functioning of the parliament" to "abusively usurp the post of first secretary" and "categorically reject the representativeness of the opposition leader" on the table.

The Madem-G15 also considers that they have been "misled by a conspiracy and international political intrigue against the country."

"To the deputies in full exercise of democracy in the house of democracy, the Angolan Government demands sanctions [na União Africana] against the legitimate representatives of the Guinean people, thinking that we are in Angola, where the core of fundamental rights are systematically vandalized, "the statement said.

In relation to Portugal, Madem-G15 stresses that the attitude of the Portuguese authorities, who "once honored the head of a rebellion, the" Junta Militar ", on August 22, 1999, in Sao João da Barra, who overthrew a democratically elected President, putting in crisis the democratic system of Guinea-Bissau.

The legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau were held on March 10, but President José Mário Vaz only today began to listen to the parties to nominate the prime minister and consequent appointment of the Government.

The Guinean President has justified the delay in the nomination of the future head of the Government with the impasse that exists in the parliament for the election of the table of the Popular National Assembly.

The new Guinean deputies took office on April 18 but did not understand the election of the second vice-president of the bureau.

After Cipriano Cassamá, of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), he was re-elected as President of Parliament, and Nuno Nabian of the United People's Assembly – Guinea- Bissau Democratic Party (APU-PDGB) ), to have been elected first vice-president, most Guinean deputies voted against the name of the Movement's Coordinator for Democratic Alternation (Madem-G15), Braima Camará, for second vice-president of the parliament.

The Madem-G15 refused to take another name for office and filed an injunction to overturn the vote, but was rejected by the Supreme Court.

On the other hand, the Social Renewal Party (PRS) claims for itself the name of the first secretary of the meeting table.

The Guinea-Bissau parliament is divided into two major blocs, one, which includes the PAIGC (the most voted legislative party but without majority), the APU-PDGB, the Union for Change and the New Democracy Party, with 54 deputies, and another, who joined the Madem-G15 (second most voted party) and the PRS, with 48.

Article 27 of the Rules of Procedure of the National People's Congress states that the elections of the vice-presidents and secretaries of the bureau shall be by secret ballot, "being considered the candidates who obtain the favorable vote of the absolute majority of the Members that constitute the assembly ".

The same article states in its second point that the posts of first and second vice-presidents and the first secretary are "assigned to the parties according to their representativeness in the parliament."

The third point of the article states that the second secretary is proposed by the party with the largest number of deputies and the fourth point that if "any of the deputies has not been elected, proceed immediately to a new it occupy in the list ".

According to article 68 (g) of the Constitution of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, the head of state is responsible for "appointing and dismissing the prime minister, taking into account the electoral results and listening to the political forces represented in the Popular National Assembly ".



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