National Transitional Council to be established


The junta, who took over the country last week in a coup, and the opposition parties have agreed to establish a National Transitional Council. The junta has ruled out any involvement of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) which has run the country for the past ten years.

The size and the composition of the new council have still to be agreed but all existing institutions have been dissolved and in the new structure the junta will retain control of the defence and interior ministries.

Meanwhile the junta has closed all air and sea access to the country. The presidential election which was due to take place on 29th April has been put on hold with both candidates in the second round runoff under house arrest.

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