The standoff is getting tougher in Guinea-Bissau, following the dismissal of the Aristides Gomes government by President José Mario Vaz last week, but which remains supported by the international community as a whole. With less than three weeks of the presidential election and before an extraordinary summit of the ECOWAS scheduled Friday in Niamey, the actors of the crisis raise the tone.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the defense council calls on the defense and security forces to « facilitate » the access of members of the new government to the ministries. Clearly, to install this team appointed by the president by force in the offices in place of the team of Aristide Gomes.
For its part, the government of Aristides Gomes held at mid-day a Council of Ministers at the Government Palace, which was closed in the morning, access was blocked by the National Guard. In a statement, he considers the defense council to be illegal, recalls that the president’s term has « expired », and calls on the defense and security forces to stay away from « political quarrels ». « All that is the overthrow of the current government stems from an attempted coup », warns the Prime Minister.
In the wake, the ECOWAS that sent a delegation here last Sunday has issued an ultimatum to members of the government of Faustino Imbali appointed by the president: the West African organization gives them 48 hours to resign, so before the summit in Niamey, under pain of « heavy penalties. »