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Vol 50 No 5

Published 6th March 2009

Guinea Bissau

Mutually assured destruction

The main threat to peace in Bissau is a coup d’état following the fatal bombing of the Army Chief of Staff, General Batista Tagme Na Waie, on 1 March and the retaliatory killing of President João Bernardo Vieira a few hours later. For now, the chances of further military intervention have receded (AC Vol 49 No 18). A planeload of regional diplomats descended on Bissau the day after Vieira’s death and have encouraged politicians and senior officers to chart a constitutional path to elections.

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