Brazil declares support for Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister Aristides Gomes

The Brazilian government issued an official note on Tuesday (5) in support of the Guinea-Bissau government headed by Prime Minister Aristides Gomes. President José Mário Vaz dismissed Prime Minister Aristides Gomes from the government in a presidential decree signed on October 28. The move was taken three weeks before the vote to choose the new president, scheduled for November 24.

“The Brazilian Government is following the recent political developments in Guinea-Bissau, a country with which it maintains historical and traditional ties and important cooperation projects, in the expectation that all its political actors will contribute to the holding of the essential elections on November 24. for the consolidation of peace and stability in that country, ”says the statement.

The statement also reaffirms the country’s position to cooperate jointly with the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Guinea-Bissau government.

“Brazil expresses its support to the Government of Guinea-Bissau, headed by Prime Minister Aristides Gomes, and reiterates its intention to cooperate, bilaterally and jointly with international partners, such as the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), to the consolidation of its democracy and its development ”, he concludes.

The CPLP and several other institutions declared their support for the prime minister. On Monday (4), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union issued a statement, supported by the UN Security Council. In the statement, the Security Council stressed that it might consider ending the current sanctions regime on Guinea-Bissau, depending on the orderly conduct of defense and security forces and politicians.