ECOWAS condemns attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau

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Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has condemned what it calls an attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau, and is urging the military to return to its barracks.

It follows reports of men in civilian clothing opening fire close to a government building hosting a meeting between the president and prime minister of Guinea-Bissau, whose whereabouts remain unknown.

Schools and offices have closed as a precaution, and the military has been deployed to a number of government buildings.

Meanwhile, Guinea-Bissau’s Foreign Minister Suzi Barboza has told newsmen that she is currently abroad and is waiting for news about the president.

President Umaro Sissoco Embaló, himself a former prime minister, was elected to top office in 2020 after winning a run-off vote against another former prime minister.

President Embaló has said he wants to resolve political tensions in the country.