G.Bissau marchers demand reinstatement of sacked premier

Allen Yero Embalo
Guinea Bissau's deposed premier Domingos Simoes Pereira, pictured on July 25, 2008 (AFP Photo/Francisco Leong)

Bissau (AFP) - Some 1,000 people marched in the capital of Guinea Bissau on Monday calling for the restitution of the prime minister, who was sacked after a standoff by the west African country's president.

The marchers, including deposed premier Domingos Simoes Pereira himself, gathered outside the headquarters of the ruling PAIGC party in the centre of the capital Bissau.

"With such a huge mobilisation... the institutions of the republic must respect the will of the people," Pereira told the crowd.

"You cannot arrest people who know where they are going," he added, as supporters chanted "DSP! DSP!" in a reference to his initials.

The coup-plagued former Portuguese colony has been in political turmoil since President Jose Mario Vaz fired Pereira on Wednesday over a series of disputes including the naming of a new army chief.

On Saturday, the ruling PAIGC renominated Pereira as prime minister. So far, Vaz has not reacted to the move.

The 16-member government took office only in July 2014, two months after Vaz became Guinea-Bissau's first elected civilian leader since the army mutinied in 2012.