Friday, December 2, 2011

Guinea Bissau President in coma

(Reuters) - Guinea Bissau's President Malam Bacai Sanha, who has suffered health problems since taking office in 2009, has been hospitalized in France, a source at Guinea Bissau's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

The president of the tiny former Portuguese colony on the West African coast, had been placed in an artificial coma, said the source, although this was not confirmed officially.

Malam Bacai Sanhá (born 5 May 1947) has been President of Guinea Bissau since 8 September 2009. A member of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), Sanhá was President of the National People’s from 1994 to 1999 and then served as acting President of Guinea-Bissau from 14 May 1999 to 17 February 2000, following the ouster of President Joao Bernardo Vieira. Standing as the PAIGC candidate, he placed second in the 1999–2000 presidential election as well as the 2005 presidential election before winning the June - July 2009 presidential election

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