GUINEA BISSAU’S LATE PRESIDENT SET TO BE BURIED


The state funeral is due to take place former President of Guinea Bissau, Joao Bernardo Vieira.

He was assassinated a week ago by soldiers, just hours after the head of the country’s military was killed in a bomb attack.

The West African state has long been unstable and has been made increasingly fragile owing to the fact that it has become a major drug trafficking hub.

The country has remained relatively calm since the murders.

The region is relieved there has not been a power struggle within the military. However, ethnic divisions within the army are of concern.

The fact that only the presidents of Senegal and Sao Tome have confirmed their attendance at this state funeral points to a degree of nervousness around West Africa.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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