US calls for dialogue in Guinea-Bissau after prime minister’s firing

Former Guineau-Bissau Premier Domingos Simoes Pereira, a career diplomat was sacked after he disagreed with the president on policy

Former Guineau-Bissau Premier Domingos Simoes Pereira, a career diplomat was sacked after he disagreed with the president on policy

Following Guinea-Bissau’s President José Mário Vaz’s recent sacking of his cabinet including the country’s prime minister, the United States is joining the International Community to call for peaceful negotiations to stave off a political crisis.

“We call on leaders to seek dialogue and consensus in resolving this crisis in a manner that both serves the best interests of the Guinea-Bissau people and that establishes a clear outline of roles in order to avoid prolonged political crisis now and in the future,” the US State Department said in a statement Friday.

The United States government goes on to “commend the calm reaction of all parties and call on security force, civil society and political leaders to continue to act peacefully, and in accordance with the constitution and the rule of law. Managing political disagreement is a natural part of democratic rule and we encourage continued constructive dialogue between leaders.”

The US urges Guinea-Bissau leaders to embark on the constructive political and economic vision they agreed upon in March, at the Brussels International Conference for Guinea-Bissau and “show the world they can work together with the international community to move forward with political and economic development.”

US’s call echoes that of the United Nations urging the West African country’s military to not intervene in the political stalemate.

Although it returned to democratic governance last year, the country has a history of coups.

Vaz fired his government and Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira after the two disagreed on a number of policies including aid.