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This name uses Portuguese naming customs: the first or maternal family name is Djaló and the second or paternal family name is Nandigna.

Adiato Djaló Nandigna
Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau
In office
10 February 2012 – 12 April 2012
PresidentRaimundo Pereira (Acting)
Preceded byCarlos Gomes
Succeeded byRui Duarte de Barros (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1958-11-06) 6 November 1958 (age 60)
Political partyAfrican Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde

Adiato Djaló Nandigna (born 6 November 1958) is a Guinea-Bissauan politician and a former acting Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau. Her government was overthrown in the 2012 Guinea-Bissau coup d'état, and she was arrested by the security services in 2013. She later returned as the Minister of Defence in the 2015 cabinet of Prime Minister Carlos Correia.

Political careerEdit

By 2008, Adiato Djaló Nandigna was serving as the Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports within the government of Guinea-Bissau.[1]

She was acting Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau from 10 February to 12 April 2012. She was the first prime minister appointed by her predecessor (as the interim president can not appoint the prime minister) and also the first female holder of the office. She also served as the government's spokeswoman. She had previously been the Minister for Communications under Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior, who resigned his office in order to campaign for the vacant Presidency following the death of Malam Bacai Sanhá.[2]

She was deposed in a coup d'état, along with the Acting President Raimundo Pereira and other civilian government members.[3] During the coup, she came under fire directly.[4] Nandigna was arrested on 21 November 2013 by the Guinea-Bissau intelligence and security services, a move which was criticised by the Guinean Human Rights League.[5]

After becoming an adviser to President José Mário Vaz, she was named to the post of Minister of Defence in 2015 under acting Prime Minister Carlos Correia.[6] She continued in this role in 2016, when she spoke of the difficulties in tackling drug smuggling around the Bissagos Islands.[7]


  1. ^ Gomes, Salvador (10 August 2008). "Guiné Bissau tem um novo governo". BBC Para Africa (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Guinea Bissau names female interim PM". Radio Netherlands. 10 February 2012. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "Guinea-Bissau coup leaders announce transition plan". CNN. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Concern over Guinea-Bissau 'coup'". Al Jazeera. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ "LGDH: Detenção da antiga Ministra Adiato Djaló Nandigna" (in French). 23 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Guinea-Bissau forms new govt after two-month stalemate". News 24. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  7. ^ Loewenstein, Antony (7 January 2016). "Guinea-Bissau struggles to end its role in global drugs trade". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Gomes
Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau

Succeeded by
Rui Duarte de Barros