Rebel candidate appointed country’s new prime minister

An official of Guinea Bissau’s military junta, Francisco Fadul, has been appointed the country’s new prime minister, BBC reported today. Fadul was political adviser to junta leader General Ansumane Mane. Fadul also represents the junta on the Executive Joint Commission set up after the Abuja Peace Accord last month to oversee implementation of the deal. OCHA reported on 26 November that President Joao Bernardo Vieira had said he wanted to choose the prime minister. Reuters’ report did not say how, by whom or when Fadul was appointed. He will head a government of national unity, an element of the Abuja agreement.