Aristides Gomes is to remain as Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau

Aristides Gomes is to remain as Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau

The President of Guinea-Bissau, José Mário Vaz, nominated today Aristides Gomes the country's new prime minister after him being nominated by the PAIGC.

Aristides Gomes, a sociologist graduated in France and from the central committee of the PAIGC, remains in the post he took up in April of 2018, following negotiations promoted by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to find a mechanism which would put an end to the political crisis that has affected the country since 2015.

Aristides Gomes' name was indicated on Friday by the PAIGC, after Guinean President José Mário Vaz refused to nominate Domingos Simões Pereira, the president of the party, for the position.

The PAIGC won the March 10 parliamentary elections in Guinea-Bissau, but without the majority, managing only to obtain 47 of the 102 deputies of the parliament.

The party reached a parliamentary and governmental agreement with three more parties, obtaining 54 deputies.

The CEDEAO gave a deadline until Sunday for the prime minister and the government to be appointed according to the majority party in the parliament.

The Guinean president will have served a five-year term on Sunday and has scheduled presidential elections for November 24.