Guinea Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz has dismissed his two-day-old cabinet after the Supreme Court ruled that his appointment of a new prime minister was unconstitutional, a presidential decree has said.

Vaz removed popular prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira in August and replaced him with Baciro Dja, plunging the coup-prone nation into a political crisis.

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Members of the ruling PAIGC party, to which all three men belong, objected to the appointment and appealed to the Supreme Court which found in their favour on Wednesday.

“The head of state can take no other approach than conforming with the decision of the supreme judicial authorities of the Republic,” according to a note from the president’s office.

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Stepping down on Wednesday, Dja said: “I will acknowledge the political consequences [from the ruling] by drafting my letter of resignation which I will submit to the head of state.”

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It had not been immediately clear at the time if Dja’s cabinet would follow suit, but the president has now dismissed all of the cabinet’s members.


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