Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo has officially dissolved the nation’s parliament following last week’s attempted coup.
The move was confirmed by a presidential decree issued on Monday, citing the seriousness of the recent shootout in the capital, Bissau, which the government labeled a failed coup.
In response to the incident, the presidential decree stated, “The date for holding the next legislative elections will be set in due time in accordance with the provisions of … the Constitution. This Presidential Decree comes into force immediately.”
The recent incident involved clashes between the Presidential Palace Battalion and the National Guard.
The Palace Battalion sought to rearrest two ministers who had been released during a corruption investigation.
Guinea-Bissau operates under a semi-presidential system that limits the president’s powers, allowing the majority party in parliament to appoint the Cabinet.
The National Guard, under the Ministry of Interior, is largely influenced by the opposition-dominated parliament.
Tensions between President Embalo and the opposition coalition have persisted since the coalition secured the majority in parliament in June.
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