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Friday, 20 March 2009

Guinea Bissau gets new President

AfricaNews Monitoring Team

Raimundo Pereira has been elected as the interim president of Guinea Bissau by that country’s parliament. This became necessary following the assassination of the late president Joao Bernardo Vieira. According to the country’s constitution, Pereira must organize fresh elections within 60 days.
Raimundo Pereira
President Joao Bernardo Vieira was shot dead by soldiers who blamed him for a bomb attack that killed the army chief on Sunday. 
The UN Security Council condemned the two killings and urged the government to bring those responsible to justice. 
Guinea-Bissau - a major transit point for Latin American cocaine headed for Europe - has been plagued by political unrest since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974. 
Before taking the oath of office on Tuesday, national assembly leader Pereira said Guinea-Bissau was “facing a very delicate situation.” 
He called on MPs “to assume their responsibility toward the nation,” according to the BBC.
Lawmakers in the capital Bissau also observed a moment of silence for President Vieira and for the army chief-of-staff Gen. Tagme Na Waie. 
Life in the city began to return to normal with some businesses re-opening, although shoppers briefly fled two market places in panic after rumours spread of fresh shooting.

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