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Former PM ousted in 2012 coup to run for GBissau presidency

Sunday July 14, 2019

 

Guinea Bissau's former prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior announced Saturday he would be running for the presidency seven years after he was ousted from the premiership in a coup.


Gomes Junior said he would run as an independent candidate. Once the leader of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) his relations with the party have since deteriorated.


In 2012, between the first and second rounds of a presidential election that he was expected to win, Gomes Junior and his PAIGC government were overthrown in a coup led by the head of the army.


He spent several years in exile in Portugal, the former colonial power, before returning to the country in January 2018.


The tiny west African country is still recovering from the political crisis provoked by then president Jose Mario Vaz in 2015 when he sacked prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, head of the PAIGC.

Although the PAIGC won the March elections, Vaz, in his final day as president last month, refused to appoint the party's leader prime minister -- appointing Aristide Gomes of the party instead.

Under pressure from the West African bloc ECOWAS, has formed a government to run the country until the presidential elections, set for November 24.

Guinea-Bissau, one of the world's poorest countries, has been plagued by military coups and instability since its independence from Portugal in 1974.