Guinea-Bissau

Coup in progress


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At the time of writing it seems as though a coup is underway in the capital of Guinea-Bissau. There are reports that the army has seized the capital Bissau and has attacked the prime minister’s office.

There is currently a presidential election taking place in the country. After the first round, the former prime minister, Carlos Gomes, was the front runner. However the second placed candidate and former president, Kumba Yala, was said to be boycotting the second round announced yesterday for 29th April. Other candidates also described the first round as flawed and said that they too would boycott the second round.

The country has a history of political unrest and no president has yet completed a full term in office.

The regional authority, the Economic Community of African States (ECOWAS) has condemned the attempt of a coup d’état and has urged restraint. The former prime minister does not appear to have been in his residence at the time of the attack and the situation is currently very fluid.

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