Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister, Nuno Gomes Nabiam, on Monday evening, released the list of his government of 32 members, including 19 ministries and 13 state secretariats, the Minister of Public Health is not yet appointed.The new team includes seven women, including four ministers and three secretaries of state. The deposed government of Aristides Gomes had 31 members with eleven women.
This government is also characterized by the presence of a PAIGC activist, Suzi Carla Barbosa, who is in charge of the portfolio of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Communities, a position she held in the government of Aristides Gomes.
The other noteworthy news is the return of Joao Aladje Fadia, an economist by training, and former National Director of the Central Bank of West Africa (BCEAO), who is appointed as Finance Ministry.
The majority of Cabinet is occupied by the members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MADEM) who had picked Embalo as their candidate for the presidential election; those of the Party for Social Renovation (PRS) and the partisans of the Assembly of the United People-Democratic Party of Guinea-Bissau (APU-PDGB).
Umaro Sissoco Embale won the December 29, 2019 runoff election with 53.55 percent of the vote, against 46.45 percent for his challenger, Domingos Simoes Pereira of PAIGC who still contests the election results.
Invested “symbolically” on February 27, President Embale appointed the next day, Nuno Gomes Nabiam as Prime Minister.
The new government of Guinea Bissau is composed as follows:
Mr. Mamadu Serifo Djaquite (MADEM-G15): Minister for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Parliamentary Affairs
Mr. Jorge Malu (PRS): Minister of Natural Resources and Energy
Mr. Jorge Mandinga (APU): Minister of Transport and Communications
Mr. Abel da Silva Gomes (MADEM-G15): Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Mr. Victor Mandinga (MADEM-G15): Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Integration
Mr. Joao Aladje Mamadú Fadie (independent): Minister of Finance
Mrs. Suzi Carla Barbosa (PAIGC): Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities
Mr. Botche Cande: Interior Minister
Mr. Fernando Mendonça (Cadogo): Minister of Justice
Mr. Sandji Fati (MADEM-G15): Minister of Defense and Freedom of the Country’s Combatants
Mr. Fernando Dias (PRS): Minister of Territorial Administration and Local Authorities
Mr. Malam Sambu (PRS): Minister of Fisheries
Mr. Antonio Artur Sanha (PRS): Minister of Trade and Industry
Mr. Arcenio Abdulai Jibrilo Balde (MADEM-G15): Minister of National Education and Higher Education
Mrs. Maria Celina Vieira (APU): Minister of Public Administration, Work, Employment and Social Security
Minister of Public Health (to be appointed)
Ms. Maria da Conceiçao Evora (MADEM-G15): Minister of Women, Family and Social Solidarity
Mr. Fidelis Forbs (MADEM-15): Minister of Public Works, Housing and Town Planning
Mr. Viriato Soares Cassama: Minister of the Environment and Biodiversity
Mrs. Dara Yurgan da Fonseca Ramos (MADEM-G15): State Secretary for Communities
Mr. Augusto Gomes (APU): State Secretary for International Cooperation
Mr. Florentino Fernando Dias (MADEM-G15): State Secretary for Youth and Sports
Mr. Jose Carlos Varela Cassimiro (MADEM-G15): State Secretary for Budgetary and Fiscal Affairs
Mr. Ilidio Vieira Te (PRS): State Secretary for the Treasury
Mrs. Cornelia Lopes Man (APU): State Secretary for Hospital Management
Mr. Garcia Bifa Bideta (APU): State Secretary for Higher Education and Scientific Research
Ms. Nhima Sisse (MADEM-G15): State Secretary for Tourism and Handicrafts
Mr. Mario Fambe (PRS): State Secretary for Public Order
Ms. Monica Buaro da Costa (PRS): State Secretary for Regional Planning and Regional Integration
Mr. Francelino Cunha (PRS): State Secretary for Culture
Mr. Conco Ture (MADEM-G15): State Secretary for Social Communication
Mr. Augusto Nhaga (RGB-M. BAFATA): State Secretary for National Freedom Fighters.