April 16, 2018 / 2:41 PM / 4 days ago

Guinea-Bissau's Vaz names Aristides Gomes as new PM -decree

BISSAU, April 16 (Reuters) - Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz appointed veteran politician Aristides Gomes as new prime minister on Monday, according to a decree read on state-owned media, in an attempt to end a prolonged political crisis.

The nomination follows a weekend summit of leaders from West Africa’s ECOWAS bloc, which hit Vaz’s political and business allies with sanctions in February including travel bans and asset freezes.

Reporting by Alberto Dabo Writing by Joe Bavier Editing by Alison Williams

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