Prime minister’s appointment ‘important step’ for ending Guinea-Bissau crisis, says Security Council

21 September 2015

The United Nations Security Council took note of the recent appointment of Carlos Correia as the Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau as an important step towards ending the country’s political crisis, and stressed the importance of forming a new Government at the earliest.

“The members of the Security Council emphasised this as an important step towards bringing an end to the political crisis that has prevailed in the country since mid-August 2015,” said a statement issued to the press.

The 15-member body also commended the respect for the Constitution and the rule of law demonstrated by the Bissau-Guinean actors, including the non-interference of the security forces in the political situation in the country and the restraint shown in this regard.

“The members of the Security Council further commended the peaceful way Guinea-Bissau's population is following the political situation in the country,” the statement added.

Guinea-Bissau, one of the world’s poorest nations, has been plagued by chronic political instability since gaining independence in 1974. The international community, including the UN, is providing various forms of assistance aimed at helping the West African country build stable, democratic institutions and achieve greater economic prosperity.

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