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Vol 54 No 10

Published 10th May 2013

Guinea Bissau

All at sea over drugs

Panic envelops the political and military elites amid US anti-drug operations and ECOWAS feels exposed by its support for the government

Top politicians and military officers are nervously looking over their shoulders after the detention of former navy chief José Américo Bubo Na Tchuto and the indictment of Army Chief of Staff General António Indjai on 18 April. A lengthy sting operation by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration aimed to capture both men on 2 April but Gen. Indjai apparently smelt a rat and was not present when US agents pounced on Vice-Admiral Na Tchuto and three other Bissauans on the high seas. Indjai is under much pressure to resign.

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