6 Guinea-Bissau died in a failed coup, president sees link to drugs

At least six people were killed in an attempt to defeat President Umaroshisokoembaro of Bissau-Guinea-Bissau, state radio said Wednesday. Residents of the capital have carefully returned to their daily lives.

The deaths from the assault on Tuesday included four perpetrators and two presidential guards, he said. Envalo announced on Tuesday night that the situation was under control after more than five hours of shootings near the government premises where the cabinet meeting was held.

A West African country with a population of about 2 million has witnessed 10 coups or attempted coups since Portugal’s independence in 1974. Only one democratically elected president has expired.

West Africa has been hit by a series of military takeovers over the past 18 months, including twice in Mali, once in Guinea and once in Burkina Faso, and analysts have warned of a “coup transmission.”

In Guinea-Bissau, the context looked different. It is unclear who was behind the attack, but Envalo suggested that it was not related to the military’s plans to seize power, but to the government’s fight against drug trafficking.

“It wasn’t just a coup. It was an attempt to kill the president, the prime minister, and all the cabinets,” he said Tuesday night.

The attack was “well-prepared, organized, and could also involve people involved in drug trafficking,” he said without giving details.

Guinea-Bissau, a poor coastal country between Guinea in the south and Senegal in the north, is the main transit point for Latin American cocaine to Europe and contributes to its permanent instability.

Having suffered from political impasses and internal conflicts, there are no security concerns like Mali and Burkina Faso, whose recent spiral Muslim rebellion has killed thousands and diminished confidence in civilian government.

The arterial road between the city center of the capital Bissau and the airport remained closed Wednesday morning as it passed through the presidential residence, but banks and shops reopened and people went on an adventure, according to Reuters. Was there.

“The image of my country has been hurt all over the world again,” complained mechanic Edson Gomez.

Jean Claude Kashi Brow, chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) committee, said in a Twitter post that the coup attempt was the responsibility of the military.

“We welcome the failure of the military coup attempt in Guinea-Bissau, which was a democracy and an attack on the people,” he said.

French Ambassador to Guinea-Bissau, Terence Wills, visited Embal√≥ on Wednesday to celebrate the “San Floyd” he showed during the attack.

Alberto Dowel