- President President João Bernardo Nino Vieira of Guinea-Bissau has removed Prime Minister Martinho N`Dafa Cabi from office on health grounds.
Carlos Correia, an agronomy engineer and close ally of Mr. Vieira, has replaced the former Prime Minister who has been receiving treatment abroad, the government said. This is the third time that Correia is occupying the position.
Correia's appointment became a necessity after Guinea-Bissau leader dissolved parliament last night. He said his action would address the country's serious political crisis that has been taking great toll on the economy.
Mr. Cabi was appointed in March 2007 after the creation of a national pact by Guinea-Bissau's three main political parties.
The national pact aimed to diffuse years of political and economic instability in the country, but the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) recently disagreed with Cabi and decided to pull out of the government.
Guinea-Bissau is scheduled to organise legislative elections on 16 November this year.
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