Guinea-Bissau: Military coup leaders and political parties meet to forge accord

Guinea-Bissau: Military coup leaders and political parties meet to forge accord

Bissau : Guinea Bissau | Apr 15, 2012 at 6:50 PM PDT
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Coup in Guinea-Bissau

Soldiers arrested the prime minister several days ago. Now as in Mali the coup leaders are attempting to find a political solution to legitimize their actions.

Guinea-Bissau has been known for coups ever since independence. The country is widely known as a transit point for shipping cocaine to Europe.

The Prime Minister was the front-runner in a presidential election scheduled for April 29th. Prime minister Gomes was attempting to reform the army and also crack down on cocaine trafficking. Obviously this was just too much for the army. Many top brass in the military and also politicians are believed to profit from the trade.

The coup junta also arrested the interim president Raimundo Pereira and the head of the army. The junta claims they are all safe. One report denies the head of the army was detained. In the 40 years since independence no elected leader has managed to finish out a complete term in office!

The Economic Community of West African States is to send a military contingent to the country to provide security. The coup leaders want a deal before they arrive. ECOWAS which condemned the coup also sent a mediator. The EU and U.S. also condemned the coup. For more see this article.

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    Another political party spokesman who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter said that most parties do not want to be associated with what is widely seen as a coup in the nation known for transiting cocaine to Europe.
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    The decision was reached at a meeting on Sunday between the coup leaders and the leaders of 22 of the 35 parties that had made up the opposition to the government that was toppled last Thursday. The size and composition of the council and the length...
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  • Guinea Bissau: Ecowas Leader Condemns Coup

      Africa Headlines
    Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned the military coup in Guinea-Bissau, describing it as "an affront on democratic governance". He said the coup, which comes on the heels of a similar attempt in Mali was capable of derailing democratic gains in the...
  • African Union suspends Guinea-Bissau over coup

      AP Online
    Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union has suspended Guinea-Bissau's membership after a coup and the arrests of top officials. Ramtane Lamamra, the head of the AU's peace and security council, announced the automatic suspension Tuesday at AU...
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    Guinea-Bissau, on the swampy west African coast, cannot rival nearby countries in cocoa production or mining. But there is one thing it excels at: the country of 1.5m has seen five military coups in the past decade...No president has served a full...


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  • Guinea-Bissau: Military Coup Threatens Democratic Process | UN ...
    Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau have taken over control of the capital, detaining interim president Raimundo Pereira and outgoing prime minister and presidential hopeful Carlos Gomes Jr. Read more. ... Coup leaders – who have not yet clearly identified
  • Parties in Guinea-Bissau Reject Military's Plan for Interim Gov't .....
    Guinea-Bissau opposition parties met with coup leaders for a third straight day on Sunday, in a tense bid to resolve a political crisis that began when the military junta seized power last week. Coup leaders ordered the political parties to.
  • Condemnation for Guinea-Bissau coup
    In the latest coup, soldiers took Acting President Raimundo Pereira and Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr. into custody Thursday night, sparking international condemnation. ... An international group says it rejects any government announced by the coup



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