Guinea- Bissau’s Chief of Police was sacked on Tuesday, according to sources, while 15 members of parliament were also expelled.
Colonel José Antonio Marques was removed from office for failing to “respect the order” that was given to him not to “let into the Chamber” the sacked 15 MPs, according to a government statement.
The MPs were expelled from the ruling party, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) on January 14 for abstaining from voting on a general policy statement submitted by Prime Minister Carlos Correia, on December 23 but failed to get a majority.
The parliamentary session on Monday was cut short due to the impasse which saw the speaker of parliament, also a member of the ruling PAIGC leaving the chamber.
Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony of 1.6 million people, has experienced numerous coup attempts that have worsened the country’s political instability.