BISSAU Countless numbers of protesters in Guinea Bissau’s capital on Saturday demanded President Jose Mario Vaz action down to solve a political disaster that has paralyzed the coup-vulnerable West African place.
Protesters marched by means of Bissau’s streets lined with hedges and palm trees singing and shouting “Jomav out!”, applying an abbreviation for the president’s name. The protest adopted a smaller sized one particular two weeks in the past also demanding that Vaz quit.
The previous Portuguese colony has not convened parliament for a lot more than a year and public anger is expanding at the failure of regionally-mediated talks to solve deep rivalries inside the political elite.
“These days folks have experienced more than enough,” reported Armindo Gomes, one particular of the activists behind the protest. “We are heading right up to Jose Mario Vaz’s bed to make him leave by drive.”
Vaz has nonetheless to respond to the protests, but he has defended his file in federal government and states he has cracked down on graft.
In August 2015 Vaz sacked Primary Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, who was well known with Western donors and locals, triggering a disaster that the nomination of various primary ministers considering that has failed to solve.
Diplomats concern the recent disaster could be exploited by drug traffickers in a hugely unstable place that has been a important transportation hub for Latin American cocaine. The nation’s most important authorized export is cashew nuts.
Guinea Bissau has witnessed 9 coups or tried coups considering that 1980.
(Crafting by Tim Cocks Enhancing by Julia Glover)