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Labour minister dismissed

President Kumba Yala on Monday dismissed Guinea-Bissau's Minister for Public Administration and Labour, Filomena Mascarenhas Tipote, but gave no reason for his move, news organisations reported. She has been replaced by Yala's
political advisor, Tibna Sambe Na Wana, the Portuguese news agency LUSA said.

Tipote had been foreign minister in the previous cabinet, which the president dissolved in mid-November 2002, along with parliament, accusing them of corruption and subversion respectively.

Yala came to power in January 2000. Since then, the country has been wracked by crises, including a rebellion by members of the former military junta in November 2000, a coup attempt in December 2001 and the dismissal of several ministers in 2002.

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