Guinea Bissau. A conflict between President Kumba Yalla and Prime Minister Alamara Nhasse erupted during the late summer. According to Countryaah website, national day of Guinea-Bissau is every September 24. 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 his resignation.
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.