UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council urged Guinea-Bissau's security forces on Friday not to intervene in the political situation in the impoverished West African nation following the president's dismissal of the government.
President Jose Mario Vaz late Wednesday accused the government of corruption, nepotism and obstruction of justice and dismissed Prime Minister Domingos Pereira and his cabinet with immediate effect. He said a reshuffle is not enough to resolve the crisis.
The Security Council expressed concern at the political developments in a statement and called on leaders "to seek dialogue and consensus in resolving the crisis."
Guinea-Bissau has had so many coups and countercoups that no elected leader has been able to complete his term in the four decades since the country won independence from Portugal in 1974. Vaz took power in a peaceful election in 2014 and tensions have been mounting between him and the prime minister.
The Security Council "encouraged all parties to remain calm and called on the security forces, civil society and political leaders to continue to act in a peaceful manner in accordance with the constitution and the rule of law."
The council underlined the need for "concerted action" by the African Union, United Nations, European Union and regional groups to search for a peaceful solution to the political impasse.