In Guinea Bissau, opposition politicians are expected to announce the leaders of a new transitional government, which will reserve a prominent role for the military personnel who seized control of the country last week. The regional bloc ECOWAS has solidly condemned the coup and is sending a delegation to Guinea-Bissau to call for a return to constitutional order.
The soldiers who seized power in Guinea-Bissau say they are putting together a unity government with various opposition parties. This so-called National Transition Council excludes the ruling party that the soldiers ousted.
Politicinas will propose an interim president and prime minister, but the military will have final say on the posts. The military also will control the interior and defense ministries. This transitional government is expected to last one to two years.
Thursday's coup derailed the scheduled presidential run-off election. Soldiers arrested the frontrunner candidate, former prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior, and interim President Raymond Pereira. Coup leaders said the two men had conspired with Angola to attack Guinea-Bissau's military.
Gomes was set to face former president, Kumba Yala, in the April 29th vote. However, Yala had planned to boycott the vote, alleging that the first round was rigged.
Yala held a a press conference in the capital Monday to say he would not take part in any transitional government. He condemned the coup, but said the blame lies with the previous government for its aggressive approach to the military.
The coup has met with widespread international condemnation. In return, the military has closed the nation's air and sea borders and threatened to respond with force to any violations.
However, a delegation from regional bloc ECOWAS is still scheduled to arrive Monday for talks with political and military leaders.
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The ECOWAS external relations director, Abdel-Fatau Musah, says a weak political class and meddling military are to blame for chronic instability.
“The military there are bent on keeping that country as a failed state for their interest, and as long as that situation continues in Guinea-Bissau, the peace and security environment in the region and indeed, international security is also endangered,” said Musah.
Guinea-Bissau is one of West Africa's smallest, yet most unstable, countries. It is plagued by rampant drug trafficking and repeated coups, mutinies and political assassinations. No elected president has ever finished his term.