Guinea-Bissau president says he is fine after coup attempt

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Tiros foram ouvidos na região do palácio do governo, onde presidente e primeiro-ministro participavam de reunião

Shots were heard in the area of ​​the government palace, where the president and prime minister were attending a meeting| Photo: EFE/EPA/ANTONIO AMARAL

Shootings heard in the region of the government palace of Guinea-Bissau, in the capital Bissau, generated fears this Tuesday (1st) of a possible coup d’état in the country located on the west coast of Africa, just a few days after the military deposed the president of Burkina Faso.

According to the newspaper O Democrata, the palace, where a meeting was taking place with the presence of President Umaro Sissoco Embalo and Prime Minister Nuno Nabiam, was surrounded by soldiers. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) issued a statement requesting peace and respect for the institutional order in the country. “Ececao condemns the attempted coup and holds the military responsible for the physical integrity of President Umaro Sissoco Embalo and members of your government”, he pointed out. “ECOWAS asks the military to return to their barracks and maintain a republican posture.” Hours later, Embalo himself wrote on Twitter that he was fine and that the situation was under control, but did not give further details.

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