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Guinea-Bissau Dissolves Parliament After Coup Bid

The president of Guinea-Bissau issued a decree on Monday dissolving the parliament after an attempted coup in the West African nation.

“The date of forthcoming legislative elections will be set at the opportune moment, in line with the constitution,” President Umaro Sissoco Embalo said in a communique.

According to an AFP correspondent, heavy gunfire was heard on Friday morning in this region in Bissau’s south.

According to military and intelligence sources, the special forces acted against the National Guard after multiple failed attempts at conciliation. They stated that an exchange of fire occurred before peace was restored.

On Friday morning, an AFP correspondent spotted elements of the Guinea-Bissau Stabilisation Support Force, which was deployed in the country by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

These events take place while President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who was elected for a five-year term in December 2019, is in Dubai for the 28th United Nations Climate Conference (COP28).

Guinea-Bissau is a small, impoverished country in West Africa that has had chronic political instability since its independence from Portugal in 1974, with the most recent coup taking place in February 2022.

President Embalo named two generals, Tomas Djassi and Horta Inta, as Head of Presidential Security and Chief of Staff, respectively, in September. These two positions, which were listed on the official organizational chart, have remained vacant for decades.

This increase in presidential security comes at a time when coups and attempted coups are on the rise throughout West Africa, most notably in Gabon, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and, this week, Sierra Leone.

Written by PH

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