Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz (Photo: AFP/VNA)
The new Prime Minister‘s first job will be to organize fresh parliamentary elections in the coming months.
Mr. Da Silva’s appointment was part of “ongoing efforts to find a definitive solution to the political-constitutional crisis which has hit the country in recent years".
The West African nation has been undergoing a power struggle since August 2015, when President Vaz sacked Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira.
Mr. Artur Da Silva succeeded Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who resigned two weeks earlier. Mr. Artur is a member of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) Party, and served as Education Minister as well as Foreign Minister.
But because the PAIGC lost its parliamentary majority, President Vaz sought backing from MPs in the second largest party, the Party of Social Renovation, to secure Mr Silva’s appointment./.