Guinea-Bissau’s President, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, has dissolved the country’s parliament after a failed coup attempt, as stated in a presidential decree issued on Monday.
The shootout, deemed a serious incident, occurred last week in the capital, Bissau, involving members of the Presidential Palace Battalion and the National Guard.
The confrontation arose when the Presidential Palace Battalion attempted to rearrest two ministers released from custody during an investigation into alleged corruption.
Guinea-Bissau’s semi-presidential system allows the majority party in parliament to appoint the Cabinet, limiting the president’s powers.
Tensions persist between President Embalo and the opposition-dominated parliament, which won the majority in June.
The dissolution of parliament sets the stage for new legislative elections, with the date to be determined later.