Guinea-Bissau president reportedly killed in retaliation after army chief slain

March 2, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A power struggle left both Guinea Bissau’s president and its army chief dead within hours of one another, news agencies reported Monday.

President João Bernardo Vieira of Guinea Bissau (a country in western Africa) was killed by soldiers as he tried to flee his house, a military spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

This happened hours after the armed forces chief of staff, Batista Tagme Na Wai, was killed in an explosion that destroyed part of the military headquarters.

The slain army chief had previously filed a complaint against Interior Minister Cipriano Cassama, accusing him of ordering the presidential guard to shoot at him.

In his complaint, Na Wai said “elements, who supported President Joao Bernado Vieira during the 1998-1999 civil war, were recently integrated into the presidential guard,” who opened fire at him “on Jan. 4, around midnight, under the orders of the Minister of Interior Administration, Cipriano Cassama.”

Guinea Bissau has long been unstable, its ruling elite at odds and riven by alleged assassination and coup plots.

Last November, elements of the military launched an unsuccessful attack on the president’s residence soon after elections.

The International Crisis Group recently described the country’s institutions as “structurally feeble” and warned that there was a permanent threat of military intervention in politics.


One Response to “Guinea-Bissau president reportedly killed in retaliation after army chief slain”

  1. ClubKeno on March 2nd, 2009 1:07 pm

    wow, shocking news

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