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Guinea-Bissau president dies in Paris hospital: statement

Monday, January 9, 2012

BISSAU, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — Guinea-Bissau’s President Malam Bacai Sanha died in a hospital in Paris of diabetes complications on Monday, according to a statement released by Guinea-Bissau’s presidency.

The statement said that the 64-year-old president, who has been hospitalized by the French Val de Grace hospital since Aug. 31 last year, died on Monday morning.

Sanha has been frequently hospitalized abroad since he won the presidential election in 2009.

The military of Guinea-Bissau foiled a coup attempt in the West African country last month in the West African nation with a population of 1.6 million. Sanha lapsed a coma at that time. But a statement from the country’s foreign ministry said that after a 48-hour coma, the president has been out of danger and was getting better. It said Sanha left the emergency ward after that.

The opposition aired its concerns over Guinea-Bissau’s security situation, cautioning a power vacuum.

Xinhua.

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