An attempted coup against Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior has been deterred but political tension persists in West Africa. It follows a disputed presidential election in Guinea-Bissau where there have been numerous coups in the last four years and where drug trafficking has become mixed with the military and politics.

THE THREAT of a military coup in response to the presidential elections was averted in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, over the weekend of March 24 and 25.

Political violence was avoided this time but Guinea-Bissau has a history of killings, bitter civil war and coups. Hundreds were killed and others wounded and displaced in a civil war which ended in the late...

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The coup was deterred by a combination of a 600-strong Angolan military force, with two combat helicopters, headquartered close to Carlos Gomes Junior`s house and the quick and firm diplomatic reaction from Angola and Portugal
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