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Vol 55 No 19

Published 26th September 2014

Guinea Bissau

Saying no to the narco-state

A new civilian government is trying to guide the country back to legality, handling the military carefully and promising no prosecutions

No elected government has yet served out a full term but Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira has formed a broad coalition to get Guinea Bissau back on the path to constitutional government. The most dramatic step so far has been the sacking on 15 September of Armed Forces Chief of Staff António Indjai. General Indjai was one of the intended targets of a United States Drug Enforcement Administration sting operation that snared the former navy chief, Admiral José Américo Bubo na Tchuto, who in May pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges as part of a plea bargain.

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