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Guinea-Bissau: Yar’Adua attends Sanha’s inauguration

By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA—DESPITE his earlier disapproval of the unconstitutional process that led to the emergence of the new leadership in the country, President Umaru Yar’Adua will today leave for the inauguration of the elected president of Guinea Bissua, Bacah Sanha.

President Yar’Adua who is also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), would lead other leaders of the sub-region to the inauguration.

Sanha was elected at the general election following the murder of the president, Joao Bernardo Vieira and the Chief of Defence Gen. Tagme Na Waie.
In his capacity as the ECOWAS Chairman, Yar’Adua had condemned in the strongest terms the act which he described as reprehensible acts that undermined democracy, peace and stability in Guinea-Bissau.
President Yar’Adua therefore called for constitutional succession to the presidency after the unfortunate events. He called on the Armed Forces and other Security agencies on Guinea-Bissau to desist from any actions likely to plunge the country into further lawlessness and political instability.
The Chairman of ECOWAS, it was reported dispatched a foreign ministerial delegation to Bissau, comprising Ministers from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia and the Senegal, accompanied by the President of ECOWAS Commission on Tuesday March 3, 2009 to engage all stakeholders in an effort to restore confidence among the political actors, civil society and security services and return the country to constitutional normalcy.


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