Tensions are high in the West African nation of Guinea Bissau ahead of their presidential elections on November,24 as the country is currently being ruled by two governments. One of this governments is recognized by the regional bloc, ECOWAS as legitimate.
President Varz whose government ECOWAS seems not to recognize is campaigning for re election, a move that compelled ECOWAS to threaten sanctions against anyone, including the president who would fuel violence in the country.
After ECOWAS extraordinary meeting on Guinea Bissau which was held in Niamey, Niger, The bloc appointed president of five West African states; Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea and Nigeria to deliver the bloc’s decision and threats to the unrecognized government of president Varz.
The leaders are expected in Guinea Bissau today, 16th and will be preceded by a mission of ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense.
A Portuguese Speaking Countries Block (CPLP) observation mission headed by Mozambique former foreign affairs minister, Oldemiro Balói will also arrive in Guinea Bissau today to monitor polls on November, 24
Earlier this week, the president said in one of his rallies that he is not afraid of anyone including the ECOWAS and also blasted the ECOWAS recognized Prime Minister of the country for calling on the bloc to sanction him.