President refuses the name of Domingos Simões Pereira to prime minister

José Mário Vaz

José Mário Vaz refused the name of Domingos Simões Pereira, president of the PAIGC, for the post of Prime Minister

Speaking to Lusa, Domingos Simões Pereira said he had received two letters from the President of Guinea-Bissau today, one to reject the name presented with "a basis for constitutional competencies he doesn't specify" and another asking the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) to indicate another name.

Domingos Simões Pereira also said that the party is meeting to analyze the content of the letter and only then will announce a decision.

Legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau took place on March 10, but the President, José Mário Vaz, only last Friday began to listen to the parties to nominate the prime minister and consequent appointment of the Government.

Although he has already scheduled the presidential elections, on November 24th, the Guinean president has not nominated the future prime minister and appointed the government, more than three months after the March 10th legislative elections.

The Guinean president on Monday sent a letter to the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) to indicate a name for the position and the party gave the name of Domingos Simões Pereira.

Although he did not win the legislative majority with only 47 MPs from the 102 of the Guinean parliament, the PAIGC made a parliamentary and government advocacy agreement with three more parties with parliamentary seats, thus achieving a majority of 54 deputies.