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GUINEA BISSAU – A Foiled Coup d’État according to the army

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The boss of the Bissau-Guinean army announced on Thursday, October 14, 2021, that he had thwarted the preparations for a coup d’état. He said that he identified military personnel who wanted to overturn the constitutional order.

The statement was made on Thursday by the Chief of the General Staff of the Army Biagué Na Ntan. We have managed to identify a group of FARP (People’s Revolutionary Armed Forces) soldiers who are mobilizing soldiers by buying their conscience against banknotes in order to subvert the established constitutional order,’ he said. A statement on the occasion of the celebration of the 47th anniversary of the creation of the National Military Police.

These events occurred as President Umaru Sissoco Embalo left Bissau the capital for a 48-hour working visit.

Since independence in 1974, Guinea Bissau has experienced four putschs. The first disturbance to the constitutional order dates back to April 12, 2012. It was led by the army, commanded by General Mamadu Ture Kuruma, Vice Chief of Staff, following the first round of a contested presidential election, won at the time by Carlos Gomes Junior. 

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In all, the country has been the scene of sixteen attempts at a coup d’état and many changes of government with a political landscape that is sometimes unstable and turbulent.

As a reminder, Guinea-Bissau is a former Portuguese colony. It has been independent for 47 years after a long war of liberation. This struggle was led by Amilcar Cabral, a politician from Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands. He is the founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which led to the independence of these two states colonized by Portugal.

       

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