Bissau-Guinea’s president Umaro Sissoco Embalo is disbanding

In Guinea-Bissau, the president announced on Monday, May 16, that parliament would be dissolved. Early parliamentary elections will be held before the end of the year. In a statement to the nation, Umaro Sissoco Embalo considered that “the capital of trust between the sovereign bodies has been exhausted”.

The president of Bissau-Guinea says he made his decision after hearing the president of the National Assembly, the parties represented in parliament and the cabinet. Umaro Sissoco Embalo invokes persistent and unresolved disagreements with parliament, which he says has become “a space for political guerrilla warfare and conspiracy”.

A presidential decree accuses parliament of protecting deputies involved in corruption cases and of refusing to submit to an audit of its accounts.

Early elections on December 18, 2022 There are many topics of disagreement between the head of state and parliament, including the parliamentary immunity of his opponent, Domingo Simões Pereira, from PAIGC. The differences also take place in connection with the revision of the Constitution or ECOWAS ‘announcement on the deployment of a stabilization force following the unrest on 1 February, which is described by the authorities as new coup attempt.

Umaro Sissoco Embalo says he wants to “give the floor back to Bissau-Guineans” so they can choose which parliament they want. A presidential decree sets the early legislative election until December 18, 2022.

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