Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Guinea Bissau - Who's got the power now?

Guinea-Bissau's armed forces vowed Wednesday to return to their barracks after transitional authorities formed a new government that includes an army officer who participated in the country's April 12 coup.
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Military coup leaders in Guinea-Bissau say they have handed back power to a civilian administration. A cabinet, including members of the military, has been named amid outside criticism of a deal with regional powers.

Interim President Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo announced the nomination of 28 government ministers late on Tuesday.

The cabinet, under Prime Minister Rui Duarte Barros, includes Col. Celestino Carvalho - who took part in the coup - as defense minister.
Army Col. Musa Diata, who did not participate in the uprising, was named as junior minister.

The development follows a deal between the country's transitional Military Command and the regional Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The agreement puts Nhamadjo in place as transitional president, with a 600-strong ECOWAS force to be installed and new elections promised within 12 months.

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