Guinea-Bissau's Parliament, Parties, Junta Sign Agreement to End Crisis
    2012-05-21 16:14:50     Xinhua       Web Editor: Li

Guinea-Bissau's Parliament, 25 political parties and the military junta that carried out the April 12 coup d'etat, on Sunday signed an agreement to end the political crisis, and put in place a new national electoral commission, an official source said.

According to the Speaker of Parliament Ibrahima Sory Diallo, the agreement was signed by himself, military commanders led by the chief of general staff Antonio Injai and 25 political parties which include the Social Renovation Party (PRS) of Kumba Yala, who, before the coup d'etat, was the main opposition leader.

The agreement was signed in the absence of seven parties which include the African Party for Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) of ex-prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior.

The document stipulated that the new National Electoral Commission (CNE) will be presided over by a long serving judge and it will be charged with the responsibility of drafting a new electoral law.

The agreement also provided that the future government of Rui Duarte de Barros who was appointed as prime minister on May 16, will start carrying out reforms in the defence and security sectors as well as in the administration domain.

The transition president Manuel Sherifo Nhamadjo who attended this signing ceremony, said that 30 percent of seats in the future government will be reserved for women. He asked the prime minister to be firm in the management of public property.

"The government accounts will be audited before the future government is sworn in," he said.

The April 12 military coup d'etat affected public institutions in Guinea-Bissau where a political transition process is still ongoing after the appointment of an interim president and prime minister for a period of 12 months.

A West African force has started being deployed in the country to protect transitional organs and the political personalities who are expected to organize the general elections in the next one year.

PAIGC has vowed that it will not recognize Guinea-Bissau's new leader.

On Friday, the UN Security Council demanded for an immediate return to constitutional order and unanimously adopted travel bans for five people who organized the coup d'etat, including the head of the army general Antonio Injai.

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