Prime Minister Of Guinea Bissau Denounces Coup Attempt Before Elections

Bissau, Oct. 22 (EFE) .- The Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau, Aristides Gomes, has denounced an alleged coup attempt on his Facebook page in order to avoid holding presidential elections on November 24.

"The situation demands the greatest attention and vigilance of all because the country is being pushed into a situation of subversion of the constitutional order by people who want to come to power at all costs," Gomes said in a message addressed to the Guineans at the last minute of the Monday under the title of 'Urgent'.

"A coup d'etat is being prepared to interrupt the process of preparing the presidential elections on November 24," said the president, who accused the opposition candidate in these elections of being the leader of that attempt and former Prime Minister Umaro Sissoco Embalo , leader of the Movement for Democratic Alternation (Madem-G15).

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According to the prime minister, the final objective of this plot would be the arrest of his person and other government ministers, as well as perpetrating 'acts of vandalism' that prevented the holding of the elections.

Gomes, who did not provide more details about that alleged coup attempt, stressed his determination that the Guineans can go to the polls 'on the scheduled date'.

Since its independence from Portugal (declared in 1973 and recognized in 1974), this small country in West Africa has suffered numerous military uprisings, including four successful coups, which has complicated its political and economic development.

The president of the country, José Mário Vaz, established through a presidential decree on November 24 as the date of the elections, after meeting with more than forty political formations.

Vaz took that step after the legislative elections of March 10, in which the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) won 47 of the 102 parliamentary seats.

A total of twelve candidates attend the November elections, including the current president as an independent and former Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira (2014-15), supported by PAIGC.

In case none reaches an absolute majority, a second round of these elections is scheduled for December 29. EFE

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