Interim president appointed


Manual Serifo Nhamadjo has been appointed by the military junta in Guinea Bissau as the new interim president until fresh elections are held within the next two years. He was the interim president of the National Assembly after the death of President Malam Bacai Sanhá in January.

Manual Serifo Nhamadjo stood in the first round of the presidential election on 18th March but was eliminated from the second round after coming third with 15.74% of the votes. The second round, which was due to take place on 29th April, has been abandoned and the two leading candidates are under house arrest.

The newly formed National Transitional Council (CNT) is to be chaired by Braima Sori Djabo of the opposition Party for Social Renewal (PRS) which held 28 of the 100 seats in the former People’s National Assembly. The former ruling party, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) which held 67 of the 100 seats in the previous parliament has been barred from any activity in the new CNT.

The coup which took place on 13th April is the third in recent history; the other two were in 1999 and 2003. Guinea Bissau is known as a transit point for the drugs trade into Europe.

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