Guinea-Bissau: a country in the Dauerchaos



Guinea-Bissau: a country in the Dauerchaos

After a months-long stalemate has Guinea-Bissau back to a functioning government. And has now even its programme through Parliament. But that means nothing.

Members try to manage with flashlights during the power outage at the 18.01.2016

In the end, the regional court of Bissau the government of Guinea-Bissau the parliamentary majority secured. The judge had on Wednesday decided that 15 deviants your having to lose and by new members to be replaced. The 15 were from the ruling party, the PAIGC has been excluded, since they are Prime Minister Carlos Correia’s followers had denied.

In December, he was not succeeded, in spite of an absolute majority of his party, with 57 of the 102 seats, his government’s program by the Parliament. It is now in the second start on Thursday thanks to the new members worked. 59 of 102 MPs voted to. Two smaller parties, had the government connected.

“This gives us courage to continue working!”, showed Prime Minister Carlos Correia relieved. “This will give us credibility,” he said, and was confident that now, at last, in March 2015 at a donor conference in Brussels promised funds flow. With an orderly government the appropriate projects to finally tackle. The international community had Guinea-Bissau more than a billion euros promised – an unbelievable amount of money for the poor of the country.

That the dispute will only be resolved in court and could not, through negotiations, resolve was for the political System of the country now symptomatic. “I just don’t understand why everyone here closes and we are in a Situation that has slipped into, there is no political dialogue,” said Ovídio Pequeno in January in the DW-Interview indignantly. Pequeno is the representative of the African Union in Bissau.

The 2014 elections were a clear vote for stability in Guinea-Bissau

Everything had started so well

2014 had the party of the former liberation movement of Guinea-Bissaus, and the Cape Verde Islands, the PAIGC, both a clear majority in Parliament and also got the presidential elections won. With Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira, the former Secretary-General of the Portuguese-speaking community, CPLP, and President José Mário Vaz, in the Land of the most just simply “Jomav” is called, had, at first glance, to be a promising PAIGC Duo found.

Many people in Guinea-Bissau hoped at the time was on stability and economic growth. The small West African country would have both sorely needed: After the military coup in 2012, there was a political and economic crisis. On the human development Index of the United Nation occupied Guinea-Bissau only have room 178 of 188 countries.

Destroy rather than govern

However, both, Domingos Simões Pereira, and José Mário Vaz, enjoyed each other’s successes not. Behind closed doors, there were
Stories of animosity
between the two families. Significant programmatic differences are even today not recognize.

Augist 2015: Demonstration to the headquarters of the PAIGC in Bissau. The people protested against the President “Jomav”, the Prime Minister Pereira of the house of representatives had

In August, President José Mário Vaz on his own authority Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira. Since then, a crack through the middle of the once-proud liberation movement. The geschasste Pereira is party leader remained, and the President is hostile to. The PAIGC mauled since faction and infuriate.

Political Basket Case Of Africa

The events since the fall of Simões Pereira reminiscent of a Drama of Shakespeare: The preferred candidate of the President as the successor of Pereira was
the constitutional court is tilted.
Because José Mário Vaz had appointed him without first, as required by the Constitution, the largest party, so his own PAIGC, to listen.

Had no easy Start: Prime Minister Correia

It was followed by a few weeks power vacuum without a functioning government. Finally, agreement was reached in September on the Unabhängigkeitsveteranen Carlos Correia as Kompromisskandidaten. But hardly was he as a Prime Minister nominated, was also whose authority are systematically undermined.

Only would scold himself Correia with the President a month to the occupation of the various Ministerial positions in his government. Then got Carlos Correia in December, at the first ballot no majority for his government’s program. 15 PAIGC members had to abstain in the vote. They were then excluded from the party.

Double Speakers

19. January reached a political crisis, even for long-time, die-hard observers of the country for a surprising climax. Due to a power outage broke President of the European Parliament Cipriano Cassamá (PAIGC), the plenary session and adjourned again to the long overdue, second and final vote on the government program. But shortly thereafter, broke a group from the breakaway PAIGC deputies and members of the opposition party PRS to Parliament. You put single-handedly the session progresses, chose a new President of Parliament and voted against the government program.

Of the PAIGC-Mehrheitsfraktion but is not recognised because it is not in line with the Constitution. She and four other smaller parties spoke of a coup by the institutions. “These actions and others indicate on a Plan the Land in a growing uncertainty falls and the state structures fail to do that,” says the PAIGC Chairman, Domingos Simões Pereira. It seems dark forces are at work to suspect, like the one in Guinea-Bissau
very common in the Latin American drug dealers.
“This is organised crime such as corruption, money-laundering and drug use.”

To be continued…

Actually, should now, after the successful coordination of the government programme all the prerequisites, to ensure that the government of Carlos Correia actually start their work.

He seemed “not amused” that the sitting of Parliament without his Knowledge was convened: the President Jomav’

But already threatens new affliction. President Jomav should on Thursday and very indignant have shown that the sitting of Parliament was convened. He currently has consultations with various political and social forces of the country set, the still not finished. It could well be that he, the government on Friday at the end of the hearings directly re-releases .

It also is the largest opposition party, the PRS, in Protest of the parliamentary session on Thursday alone. She holds the convening of the meeting by the President of Parliament, the PAIGC for illegal, since this already had been deposed. A good Start for a stable government sure looks different.

In Collaboration With: Braima Darame (Bissau)