Reactions have trailed the assassination of the President of Guinea Bissau, Joao Bernando Viera. The African Union and the Europe Union and former colonial ruler, Portugal condemned the killing of the 69 year old Mr. Viera nicknamed Nino –as did Mohammed Ibn Chambas from the regional economic bloc ECOWAS.

The death of a president, of a chief of staff, is very grave news “Mr Chambas told the AFP. It’s not only assassination of a president or a chief of staff; it’s the assassination of democracy. He said. The AU is reportedly arranging an emergency meeting to review the situation.

After last November’s attack the President was subsequently given his own 400- strong militia for protection. In January that militia was accused of trying to kill the head of the army and was then disbanded. Guinea Bissau has been plagued by coups and political unrest since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974. President Viera like the country’s former leaders relied on the army to stay in power, and personal rifts made it a rocky relationship.



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