Guinea Bissau. A conflict between President Kumba Yalla
and Prime Minister Alamara Nhasse erupted during the late
summer. According to
Countryaah website, Yalla accused Nhasse of incompetence and of failing
to collect taxes, while the prime minister indicated that he
did not participate in the president's decision to kick
government members and senior judicial representatives.
Meanwhile, the economy continued to deteriorate. In
November, the state employees had not received pay for five
months, and in many places the work was closed in protest
against this. The opposition blamed the economic crisis and
lack of political stability on the president and demanded
In mid-November, President Yalla abruptly dismissed the
entire government and dissolved Parliament. New elections
were to be held in the spring of 2003. Mario Pires was
appointed new Prime Minister.