United Nations demands Reinstatement of Constitutional Order in Guinea Bissau
Guinea Bissau, April 13 (RHC) -The UN Security Council urged for the reestablishment of constitutional order and the reinstatement of the legitimate government in Guinea Bissau and denounced the interference of the military in the African country's politics.
The 15 member UN body condemned the coup by some elements of the armed forces, whom they urged to guarantee the safety of President, Raimundo Pereira, and Prime Minister, Carlos Gomes Junior.
The Security Council also demanded the immediate release of all government officials arrested by the coup leaders. At the same time, it came out for moderation, preventing violence and keeping calm in that former Portuguese colony.
The UN body highlighted that the military coup took place just before the beginning of the campaign for the second round of presidential election. The military in Guinea Bissau attacked the Prime Minister's residence and surrounded the Presidential Palace, what is considered a coup d'état.
The media has said that a climate of confusion reigns in the country's capital, Bissau, and that several radio stations and TV channels have been taken over.
Reports say that the nation's political leaders were detained by the coup perpetrators and taken to Chief of Staff facilities, and the whereabouts of Gomes Yúnior, who is the favorite candidate to win the second round of elections on April 29th, is still unknown.
A West African State Economic Community communiqué condemned the coup attempt in Guinea Bissau and promised to take firm action in this case.