Guinea-Bissau forms new govt after 2-month stalemate

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BISSAU: Guinea-Bissau has formed a new government, according to a presidential decree issued early Tuesday, ending a two-month political stalemate in the coup-plagued West African nation. The country has been in turmoil since President Jose Mario Vaz fired prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira on August 12 over a series of disputes, placing the head of state at loggerheads with his ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). Guinea-Bissau, which gained independence from Portugal in 1974 after a war with its colonial power lasting more than 10 years, has suffered intermittent unrest since its liberation, as well as a series of military coups.

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