Saturday, March 7, 2009


Mayhem In Guinea-Bissau

Voice of America News — The assassinations of Guinea-Bissau President Joao Bernardo Vieira and the nation's military chief of staff threaten further instability in the troubled West African nation. The United States joins with Portugal, the African and European Unions in condemning the killings and calling for constitutional order to be respected.
President Vieira was killed early Monday, reportedly by mutinous soldiers loyal to General Batista Tagme Na Wai, who himself was killed in a bomb attack the previous day. The tit-for-tat murders culminated rising tensions between the late President and some factions of Guinea-Bissau's armed forces.
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Guinea-Bissau collapse deepens after leader killed

Associated Press — The blood-soaked dining room where Guinea-Bissau's president was brutally murdered is littered with broken glass, bullet casings and a rusted machete.
No crime scene tape cordons off the area, no police stand guard outside. No one has been arrested, and hardly anyone in this sleepy tropical capital seems to care.
The apathy surrounding the slaying of President Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira in his own home — as well as the bombing attack that killed his main rival hours earlier — symbolizes just how far this drug-wracked state has fallen.
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Guinea-Bissau’s twin tragedy is a wake-up call for AU

Business Daily Africa — Either the ballot box has lost credibility or the rule of the gun is back is Guinea-Bissau.
Two assassinations took place this week. That of the country’s President Joao Bernardo “Nino” Vieira and his long-standing rival General Batista Tagme Na Wai.
General Wai was the first to die and the president was killed by Wai’s supporters. These tit-for-tat killings have sent the fragile country to a tipping point and it could easily slide into anarchy.
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