Delegation of ECOWAS arrives in Guinea-Bissau to mediate crisis: military source
Laaska News Apr. 15, 2012
DAKAR, April 15 (Xinhua) — A delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWA) arrived in Guinea-Bissau on Sunday to mediate the crisis, a source from the country’s military told Xinhua, after the coup made by members of the Guinea- Bissau military on Thursday night that resulted in overthrow of the west African country’s government.
The regional bloc on Friday denounced the political situation in the west African nation, and demanded the immediate return to constitutional order to enable the completion of the ongoing electoral process in the country.
On Thursday night, the soldiers occupied the national radio and abducted interim President Raimundo Pereira and ex-prime minister Carlos Domingos Gomes Junior, who is a front runner in the scheduled April 29 presidential run-off.
Government ministers under Gomes Junior, who just resigned ahead of the first round of election on March 18, were also detained in what the regional bloc described as a coup attempt.