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Opposition rejects National Assembly chief as interim president

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Latest update : 2012-01-10

A coalition of Guinea-Bissau opposition groups on Tuesday rejected a proposal for the head of the National Assembly, Raimundo Pereira (pictured), to become interim leader following the death of President Malam Bacai Sanha in Paris on Monday.

AFP - A Guinea-Bissau opposition coalition on Tuesday rejected the head of the National Assembly becoming interim president after the death of President Malam Bacai Sanha in Paris.

"The Democratic Collective expresses its complete rejection of the ascension of National Assembly leader Raimundo Pereira to the post of interim president," read a statement from the 14-party umbrella group.

The coalition said it could not endorse Pereira to a position where he would have power to "dismiss the current Attorney General to avoid prosecuting suspects in the suspected assassination of President Joao Bernardo Vieira and army chief General Batista Tagme Na Waie" in 2009.

Vieira was killed by soldiers in revenge for the death of Tagma Na Waie hours earlier in a bomb attack at army headquarters.

While investigations have never yielded clear suspects publicly, the opposition has often accused Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior of involvement in the 2009 events. Gomes is seen as very close to Pereira.

Sanha died in the Val de Grace military hospital in Paris on Monday where he was admitted in late November with an unknown illness and placed in an artificial coma.

He becomes the fourth president in a row not to see out a five-year term -- the previous three were either ousted or killed.

This will be the second time Pereira has had to step in as interim leader, after also taking the reins following Vieira's death.

Sanha was elected that same year, vowing to reform a powerful army which has long been tangled with the state and implicated in cocaine trafficking in a state whose history is studded with coups and political vengeance.
 

Date created : 2012-01-10

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