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Guinea-Bissau’s junta, opposition parties agree on two-year transition to elections

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Laaska News Apr.19, 2012

BISSAU, April 18 (Xinhua) — Soldiers who led the coup on April 12 in Guinea-Bissau signed an agreement with the country’s opposition parties on Wednesday over a two-year transitional period before elections, said a party official.

The military command ordered the dissolution of parliament and government as well as the impeachment of the president, said Artur Sanha, a leader of the Social Renovation Party of Kumba Yala, a former president.

According to the deal, a National Transition Council will be created as a legislative body to manage the process of democratic transition and the period of transition that will last two years until the completion of presidential and legislative elections.

The roadmap was signed by 19 political parties in opposition, but the African Party of the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which former prime minister Gomes Junior belongs to, has not participated in the negotiations.

PAIGC has declared that it would not accept an agreement that is unconstitutional and undemocratic, whatever its nature is.

On Tuesday, the Union for Change, another party in the west African nation, announced to reject the pro-junta Council, as well as the organs it would create.

The announcement came despite the international community pressed the junta for an immediate return to constitutional order.

The African Union (AU) on Tuesday condemned the coup carried out by the Guinea-Bissau army, and decided to “suspend with immediate effect the participation of Guinea-Bissau in all AU activities until the effective restoration of constitutional order. ” The union also demanded unconditional release of Acting President and other political personalities held by the coup makers.

The coup has plunged the small west African nation of 1.6 million population into a crisis, which forced hundreds of residents in the capital to flee to interior land and neighboring nations like Senegal.