Guineans have welcomed as a positive
step President Malam Bacai Sanha's vow to investigate the assassination of his
predecessor as well as the former army chief.
Newly elected President Sanha
made the pledge in the presence of several African heads of state during his
The military killed former President Joao Bernardo Vieira
in an apparent retaliation after an explosion killed his rival, military chief
of staff Batista Tagme Na Waie.
Political observers say the pledge could ensure peace and
stability after the assassinations plunged the country into chaos.
The United Nations
spokesman in Guinea Bissau, Vladimir Ronteiro said that
the international community supports Sanha's vow to investigate the
president's statement didn't surprise because he already he highlighted the need
to (investigate) the assassination of former head of state also the head of the
army... in his statement yesterday he just reassured people," Ronteiro said.
He said there is need for
the investigation into the assassinations.
"This is also the position
of the Guinea Bissau government elected after the election of November 2008.
All want (explanations) to what happened," he said.
Ronteiro said negotiations
will falter without an investigation.
"This is part of the process
of political stabilization because if no inquiry is made for sure the process
of dialogue will be difficult," Ronteiro said.
He said the international
community has voiced support for the investigation.
"To date we are just focused
on this issue of the inquiry and the U.N as well as ECOWAS (Economic Community
of West African States) and the African Union as well as the Portuguese
Community are working together with Guinea Bissau authorities to try to provide
support in order to carry out this process," he said.
He said Guineans overwhelmingly
showed support for their new president.
"The inauguration ceremony
was held under heavy (rainfall), but 50 thousand people packed the stadium
where it was held. This was their sign of commitment of their support to the
elected president," he said.
Ronteiro said the opposition
fully participated in the inauguration as a sign of the country's unity.
"His (President Sanha) in
the election was there Kumbayala and he with the prime minister walked hand in
hand and tried to show people that starting by politicians walking to change
things in Guinea Bissau, and put the country on the road to development and
peace and stability," Ronteiro said.
Shortly after being sworn in
President Sanha appealed to the international community including the African
union to help his new administration ensure stability and peace.
The new president won the July 26 presidential
run-off after winning 63 percent of the total votes.
President Sanha however
faces a daunting task of curbing the recent upsurge of the drug trafficking
allegedly instigated by Latin American drug lords.