Ecowas Heads of Government to intervene in Guinea Bissau

Adoba Echono

President José Mario Vaz of Guinea Bissau

Heads of Government of ECOWAS will address the situation of Guinea Bissau at its forthcoming summit scheduled for December 17, this year.

The President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is also the Chairperson, Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja, Nigeria.

The ECOWAS Chairperson described the situation in Guinea-Bissau as very complicated, adding that it was  pertinent to choose a leader that reflected the will of the people.

“The situation in Guinea-Bissau is very complex and has been that way for the past four years,” she explained.

“One has found an impasse in the situation, with several Prime Ministers coming and going.It just remains one missing piece, and that piece is that of a Prime Minister, acceptable to all the people; that we have not found an answer to.

To find that consensus candidate has been a real challenge; it is something that I think all the Heads of State need to think about when we come to the summit on December, 17 2016.

They can take a decision on that,” President Johnson Sirleaf.

President Sirleaf said that a delegation led by President Alpha Conde of the Republic of Guinea visited the country and a roadmap had been developed to intervene in the situation.

She said that the roadmap has since been endorsed by all parties in Guinea-Bissau.

In April 2012, the military staged a coup d’état in Guinea Bissau , and military leaders and a coalition of political parties announced the formation of a Transitional National Council, under international pressure.

Guinea-Bissau has also been in a political impasse since August 2015, when President José Mario Vaz sacked then Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, leader of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde.

President Vaz also dissolved the government in an attempt to solve a political succession crisis.

ECOWAS is now demanding that President Vaz name a new Prime Minister and deal with dissenting deputies with the aim of resuming parliament’s normal functions.