Guinea-Bissau Military Coup

April 14, 2012 by staff 

Guinea-Bissau Military Coup, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today strongly condemned the military coup that took place in Guinea-Bissau and demanded the immediate restoration of constitutional order.

Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau, a West African nation that has been beset by coups, misrule and political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in the early 1970s, seized power last night and are holding both the interim President, Raimundo Pereira, and Prime Minister Carlos Gomes J?nior.

The move comes ahead of the presidential run-off election that was slated for 22 April between Mr. Gomes J?nior and ex-president Kumba Yala.

“The Secretary-General underscores the need for the Armed Forces and its leadership to respect civilian authority, constitutional order and the rule of law, as well as to take urgent and immediate steps to return the country to civilian rule,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.

The 15-member Council strongly condemned the forcible seizure of power from the Government by some elements of its armed forces, and called on these elements to ensure the safety and security of the two leaders and all senior officials currently detained, and demanded their immediate release.

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