Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 March 2009

Guinea-Bissau Announces Interim President



Guinea-Bissau Announces Interim President


WASHINGTON, March 5, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Gordon Duguid

Acting Deputy Department Spokesman,  Office of the Spokesman

Bureau of Public Affairs


The United States welcomes the successful transition of power in Guinea-Bissau to Parliament Speaker Raimundo Pereira, the constitutional successor to the late President Joao Nino Vieira. We congratulate Guinea-Bissau for adhering to its constitution under extraordinary circumstances.

We support the interim president and encourage the Government of Guinea-Bissau to work within its democratic institutions. We urge the military and all political parties to respect the rule of law and work together to build a prosperous and secure future for Guinea-Bissau.

We extend our condolences to the people of Guinea-Bissau on the assassinations of the President of Joao Bernardo Vieira and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Tagme Na Wai on March 1 and 2, 2009. We call on the Government of Guinea-Bissau to bring to justice those responsible for these violent acts.



SOURCE : US Department of State


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