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President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea-Bissau arrives for a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris. President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea-Bissau arrives for a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Nov. 11, 2021 (AP photo by Michel Euler).

Guinea-Bissau’s Political Crisis Takes a Turn for the Worse

Friday, May 20, 2022

President Umaro Sissoco Embalo dissolved Guinea-Bissau’s parliament this week and called for snap parliamentary elections to be held at the end of the year, in the latest twist to a long-running political crisis in the country. In a televised address to the nation, Sissoco cited “persistent and unresolvable differences” with parliament as the main reason for his decision. He also accused lawmakers of corruption and embezzlement, saying that several parliamentarians had “turned the people's national assembly into a place of political guerrilla warfare and conspiracy.”

Sissoco’s party, MADEM-G15, currently holds a minority of legislative seats; the historically dominant and former ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, or PAIGC, holds the most seats and is part of a legislative majority that has opposed Sissoco’s policy agenda. The PAIGC and its allies have condemned Sissoco’s move to dissolve the national assembly, calling it an illegitimate overstepping of his authority and a violation of the separation of powers. ...

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