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ECOWAS steps in to end legislative crisis in Guinea Bissau

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Parties in involved in Guinea Bissau legislative crisis have pledged their commitment to peace.

The parties made the commitment after meeting with ECOWAS Chairman, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Envoy, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Bissau the country’s capital on Wednesday.

Guinea Bissau has been embroiled in political crisis after the country’s legislative election on March 10, 2019 over power sharing in the country’s legislature between the ruling party and the opposition political parties.

Due to the political crisis, the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria directed that the issues be resolved immediately, by the sub regional body.

Mr. Onyeama who is also the Chairman, ECOWAS Council of Ministers led the ECOWAS peace delegation.

He expressed optimism that with the commitments made by all the parties, the issues will be resolved soon.

According to Mr. Onyeama: “President Muhammadu Buhari directed us to come here and nip this in the bud – sort this out very quickly.

“We have had excellent discussions with all the main protagonists, the President, the Prime Minister and the leaders of all the political parties.

“We are very happy with the way it went, and commitments that were made and we believe that if those commitments are respected and kept this problem will be over in a matter of a week or two.”

The delegation met with the President of Guinea Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz, the Prime Minister Aristides Gomez, President of the National Assembly, Mr. Cipriano Cassama and various parliamentary groups in the country’s National Assembly.

Other members of the peace delegation led by Mr. Onyeama are Mr. Naby Kiridi Bangoura, Minister of State and Secretary General of the Presidency in Guinea Conakry, representing Alpha Conde , President of Guinea Conakry who is also the Chairman, ECOWAS Mediation Committee on Giunea Bissau and the President of ECOWAS Commission, Jean –Claude Kassi Brou.

Mr Brou who read the communiqué at the end of the meeting with all the parties involved in the crisis, urged all political actors to avoid extremist’s positions and to focus on the interest of the country.

According to the communiqué, they must find solutions in a very open and constructive dialogue.

“The delegation insisted that the various parliamentary groups in the National Assembly must finalise very urgently the bureau of the parliament taking into account the vote of the people of Guinea Bissau.”

The delegation also encouraged the installation of the new government following the nomination of a new Prime Minister in order to deal with the urgent matter of economic and social issues.

The communiqué reiterated ECOWAS commitment to help Guinea Bissau to pursue its reforms.

It also pledged ECOWAS support to the government that will be formed in Guinea Bissau to ensure that the country achieves the desired peace and development.

 

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