Bissau (AFP) - The ruling party in Guinea Bissau has renominated Domingos Simoes Pereira as prime minister, three days after he was sacked by President Jose Mario Vaz, a leader of the PAIGC party told AFP Saturday.
The west African country has been thrown into a constitutional crisis by the president's decision to fire his prime minister over a series of disputes including the naming of a new army chief
"We sent back Friday the proposal of our party concerning the future prime minister. It is the president of the party, Domingos Simoes Pereira," said a party vice-president Adja Satu Camara, adding that if the country's leader rejects the proposal, the party will purse all available options.
The UN Security Council discussed the unfolding crisis on Friday and stressed that the country's army must stay out of it.
A military coup in 2012 threw Guinea-Bissau into chaos and it has barely begun to recover following last year's election.
Vaz said his fallout with the premier stemmed partly from the appointment of a new armed forces chief, a key post in the small nation known as a hub in drug trafficking between South America and Europe.
In a unanimous statement, the 15-member UN Security Council urged all sides to "resolve the ongoing political dispute in the interest of peace in Guinea-Bissau."
Council members "underscored the importance of the non-interference of security forces in the political situation."
The UN's envoy to Guinea-Bissau, Miguel Trovoada, and Senegal's President Macky Sall were working to try to ease the crisis.