Guinea-Bissau’s President José Mario Vaz has issued a decree appointing a 31-member cabinet, including 16 ministers and 15 deputy ministers, among them an unprecedented number of women.
According to the decree issued on Thursday, 4 July 2019, eight women hold ministerial portfolios and three others are deputy ministers in this new government led by Prime Minister Aristides Gomes.
The Government records the arrival of seven new ministers, including Luís Melo, the new Ministry of Defence and Freedom Fighters; Juliano Augusto Fernandes, Interior Minister; and Suzi Barbosa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities.
The composition of the new Government of Guinea-Bissau, led by Prime Minister Aristides Gomes, is listed below.
Armando Mango: Minister at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Government Spokesman in charge of Parliamentary Affairs
Odete Costa Semedo: Minister of Territorial Administration and Electoral Management
Adiatu Djalo Nandinga: Minister of Fisheries
Suzi Barbosa: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities
Luis Melo: Minister of National Defense and Freedom Fighters
Juliano Augusto Fernandes: Minister of the Interior
Geraldo Joao Martins: Minister of Economy and Finance
Iaia Djalo: Minister of trade and Industry
Dautarin Monteiro Costa: Minister of National Education and Higher Education
Fatumata Djau Balde: Minister of Public Administration and State Modernization
Rute Monteiro: Minister of Justice and Human Rights
Magda Nely Robalo Silva: Minister of Public Health
Cadi Seidi: Minister of Women, Family and Social Protection
Nelvina Barreto: Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Issufo Balde: Minister of Natural Resources and Energy
Osvaldo Abreu: Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development
Quite Djalo: Deputy Minister for the Environment and Biodiversity
Samuel Dinis Manuel: Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications
Malam Bacai Junior: Deputy Minister for Communities
Dionísio do Reino Pereira: Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports
Jose Djo: Deputy Minister for the Budget
Suleimane Seidi: Deputy Minister for the Treasury
Anaximandro Zylene Casimiro Menut: Deputy Minister for Hospital Management
Garcia Bifa Bideta: Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research
Catarina Taborda: Deputy Minister for Tourism and Crafts
Júlio Cesar Nosolini: Deputy Minister for Electoral Management
Mario Saiegh: Deputy Minister for Security and Public Order;
Tomásia Manjuba: Deputy Minister for Regional Integration and Planning
Antonio Quirino Bubacar Spencer Embalo: Deputy Minister for Culture
Jooo Mario Batica Ferreira: Deputy Minister for Social Communication
Armindo Joao Handem: Deputy Minister for Freedom Fighters.