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Tension between Legislature and Executive led to dissolution of Parliament -Camara Pinto asserts

Speaker of Guine-Bissau

The Fourth Deputy Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Madam Adja Satu Camara Pinto of Guinea Bissau said the tension between the Executive arm of government and the Legislature led to the president dissolving Parliament. 

This came up on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 when the President of the Commission,  Jean Claude Kassi Brou presented a report to the plenary on state of the Community. During discussions, lawmakers wanted to know about the political situation in Guinea Bissau.  

When they pointed out that they did not hear the president touching on the political situation in that country, despite the fact that they have read in the news that the President H. E. Umaro Sissoco Embalo action linked to “persistent and unresolvable differences” 

She pointed out to her colleagues at the plenary that between 2017 and 2018 her country had a political crisis with their parliamentary system of government; their constitution gives some powers to the Executive arm of government. 

“This constitution has created a lot of problem and continues to create problem, so in 2017 and 2018 there was an impasse; the constitution says the head of the Executive  should come from the Parliamentary Majority but should be appointed by the President of the Republic”. 

 For the reason  of internal politics he refused and appointed somebody else not from the parliamentary Majority without consulting them. That brought about the impasse until ECOWAS adopted several measures and eventually it was in Lome Togo that  they found a consensus. 

 So that they could have a legislative elections what a prime Minister then accepted by the president, the Parliamentary Majority, they were in Lome Togo July 2018 and went on to Legislative elections; the result came out that the Prime Minister came out of this new Majority since this was a case of repetitive crisis, the Senate said the constitution should be reviewed. 

 Because of the tension surrounding the whole situation, then experts were proposed by the ECOWAS commission to come and revise it, but the work of the constitution is the   primarily business of the country.  

The experts went into Guinea Bissau and did their work but there was the need for a truce between the Executive and the Legislature, and this debate has been on going for some time; and pointed out that the above was not the only reason.  

“We have invested a lot to ensure that there was election in 2018,  so that things can come back to normal. we wanted to find solutions to these problems which would be acceptable to the people of Guinea after all it is their country”. 

And the  election is supposed to take place at the end of the year, up  to about six months they  have to support so that the election takes place under good conditions in other that the country does not go through this difficult political situation in the future.   

Also as a member of the ECOWAS Parliament, she  know there was a question to the president of the Commission and  want to thank him for the report he gave on the situation in the Community, we are satisfied with the clarification. 

“Our constitution says at the dissolution of the National Assembly, the Bureau and standing Committees continue to work until a new Parliament is elected and it is after only they have been elected that the bureau and the standing committees stop working. We have been dissolved but it’s only the plenary that would not function”, she stated. 

  Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ecowasnews.com/Abuja-Nigeria

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