Prime Minister designate to focus on military

Guinea Bissau’s prime minister designate, Francisco Fadul, said yesterday his top priority at the head of the government of national unity would be to solve the problems of the military and those of the veterans of the war of independence, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

Fadul, the civilian adviser to the leader of the Military Junta that tried to oust President Joao Bernardo Vieira, said an “Arab and African” country had promised his government aid.

Lusa reported that Fadul and Vieira were due to meet today to discuss the composition of the government. Vieira will name four members and the Military Junta four. Under the Abuja peace accord signed in the Nigerian capital early November, Vieira is to ensure there is a government of national unity, followed by presidential and legislative elections by March 1999.