Military Topples Government In Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau’s armed forces have toppled the transitional government and arrested acting President Raimundo Pereira and Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior.

In a statement, the military said that it staged the overthrow after discovering a “secret document” that would have allowed Angolan troops to occupy Guinea-Bissau. Angolan diplomats are reported to have been barricaded inside hotels.

The military itself is widely accused of trafficking Latin American cocaine through their tiny West African nation.

Since independence in 1974, no president has ever finished a term in office with military staging regular coups. The previous one died in office from complications related to diabetes.

This coup is hot on the heals of that of the one in Mali a few weeks ago. At a team when Africa began to feel as if this sort of thing belonged to its dark past, it rears its ugly head again.

Surely there are better ways to deal with disagreements.

Source: WSJ