On Saturday, December 2, the President of Guinea-Bissau denounced “ Coup attempt “Which will” Serious consequences » After clashes between the army and members of the security forces, leaving at least two dead.
” I was in Dubai where I participated in COP 28. I couldn’t come back because of the coup attempt. I want to tell you that this action will have serious consequences », President Omar Sissoko Embalo announced to the press upon his return to Bissau. “ There was evidence, and we will show it to you. This coup was prepared before November 16 (The date of the celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of the Armed Forces).”
On the evening of Thursday, November 30, members of the National Guard stormed the judicial police headquarters to remove the Minister of Economy and Finance, Suleiman Al-Saidi, and the Secretary of State in charge of the Public Treasury, Antonio Montero. The two members of the government were interrogated by the judicial police, based on the instructions of the Public Prosecutor appointed by the President of the Republic, regarding withdrawing ten million dollars from the state treasury.
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Members of the National Guard, holed up in a barracks south of the capital, Bissau, clashed with special forces of the Presidential Guard on Thursday night into Friday, killing at least two people, according to a military official. Calm returned mid-morning on Friday with the announcement of the arrest or surrender of National Guard Commander Colonel Victor Chungu.
Security measures were eased on Saturday in Bissau, but soldiers are still present around some strategic buildings such as the presidential palace, the judicial police department and some ministries, according to an Agence France-Presse correspondent.
“ Colonel Chungu is not crazy. He was sent by someone to enter the PJ facilities to smuggle Suleiman Al-Saidi. The empire of laws must work. The Attorney General is the state’s agent said Mr. Embalo. We are not organizing a coup against the President of the National Assembly, nor even against the Prime Minister, but against the President of the Republic, the Supreme Commander of the Armies. He confirmed.
The President announced that an investigation committee will be formed on Monday, December 4.
A press release issued by the Guinea-Bissau Army, today, Saturday, stated that some National Guard officers and soldiers were deployed inside the country, without specifying their number. “ The General Staff of the Armed Forces informs them that they must return to their place of assignment “, he continued
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