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Vol 51 No 9

Published 30th April 2010

Guinea Bissau

A runaway army

Led by a ‘drug kingpin’, April’s coup may be part of a military struggle for control of international drug trafficking networks

The latest military coup to rock the tiny state of Guinea Bissau began on 1 April, when a pickup truck full of armed and drunken soldiers arrived at the United Nations office in Bissau and demanded to see José Américo Bubo Na Tchuto, the former head of Guinea Bissau’s navy. They said they had been sent by General António Indjai, the Deputy Chief of Staff. Bubo Na Tchuto then signed a document in which he promised not to harm any person or property, left the compound and went to the office of Prime Minister Carlos Domingos Gomes Junior (‘Cadogo’), where he and Gen. Indjai launched a coup.

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