Guinea-Bissau: President to meet with parliamentary bench leaders

The president of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, is to meet on Wednesday with the leaders and vice-leaders of the parliamentary benches, after threatening to dissolve the parliament and showing dissatisfaction with the behaviour of some members of parliament.

Last week, the head of state met with five of the six parliamentary parties to discuss the possibility of dissolving the parliament and also convened the Council of State.

Both the political parties and the Council of State considered that there was no political crisis, which justified the dissolution of the National People’s Assembly or early elections, even though the decision was only taken by Umaro Sissoco Embaló.

Six political parties are represented in the National Popular Assembly, but only the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), the Movement for Democratic Alternation (Madem-G15), the Social Renewal Party (PRS) and the United People’s Assembly – Democratic Party of Guinea-Bissau (APU-PDGB) have benches.

The Union for Change and the New Democracy Party, the other two parties represented in parliament, have only one member each.

The meeting, which will take place under the presidency, is scheduled to start at 4.45 p.m. local time (same time in Lisbon).