Friday 23 February 2018

Fresh talks in Guinea-Bissau to end 2-year deadlock

Fresh talks in Guinea-Bissau to end 2-year deadlock
(RFI(EN) 06/30/17)
Guineau-Bissau presidential palace, Bissau

Guinea-Bissau's President Jose Mario Vaz was scheduled to meet political parties on Thursday to try to put an end to the country's political crisis. He's been given three months by the West African Economic Community (Ecowas) to find a solution.

Jose Mario Vaz was to meet representatives of Guinea Bissau's main political parties: the historic independence movement the African Party for Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), the main opposition Party for Social Renovation (PSR) and the Union for Political Change (UPC).

For two years parliament and government have been locked in a bitter power struggle over who should run the state.

"The problem is basically a competition between factions," Vincent Foucher, a political analyst at the French National Center for Research (CNRS), told RFI.

For Foucher, rivalry within the ruling PAIGC is the root cause of the ongoing deadlock.

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