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Vol 44 No 19

Published 26th September 2003

Guinea Bissau

Yala's unlamented end

Africa's most predicted coup finally happened on 14 September when Army Chief of Staff General Verissimo Correia Seabra stepped in to end President Kumba Yala's ill-starred three and a half years in office. Domestic reaction to the coup was near universal relief at the end of his irresponsible and incompetent rule. The economy had slipped towards collapse as most aid was halted due to presidential interference in the treasury, while state wages and bills went unpaid for months or years.

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