Guinea-Bissau’s transitional government has blamed Portugal for helping launch an attempted coup. The attack was foiled and the ringleader – who had been in exile in Portugal - was arrested along with others. This is the latest unrest in a country plagued by coups, violence and drug trafficking which has seen no government complete its term since independence in 1974.

GUNMEN raided an elite army unit at an air base near Guinea-Bissau’s capital Bissau killing seven people in what the government claimed was a coup attempt backed by Portugal.

The attack was thought to have been led by Captain Pansau N’Tchama, the former head of a commando unit believed t...

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The complexity of successive political and military crises in Guinea-Bissau shows that a more durable solution must involve firm and decisive intervention from the international community
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