Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Guinea-Bissau: a Killing and a Killing

The latest wave of instability to hit Guinea-Bissau has killed the army chief of staff, General Tagme Na Waie (in a bomb attack; likely ordered by the government) and then assassinated the president of Guinea-Bissau, João Bernardo Vieira (in an armed assault; likely reprisal by members of the military).

Both were fierce political rivals who had used force of arms against each other's power-bases in the past, and both were implicated in the massive corruption of the nation previously discussed here at CompHyp.

For now, the head of the National Assembly has been sworn in as interim President.

This is just a taste of what happens to a country when rivalries are fueled by an abundant supply of arms and narco-trafficking money.

Expect worse to come.

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