MADRID, Dec. 4 (.) –
The headquarters of Guinea Bissau’s state television and radio have been taken over by armed soldiers, shortly after President Umaro Sissoco Embaló dissolved Parliament this Monday amid accusations of an “attempted coup d’état” over the weekend. .
According to sources from Guinea Bissau Television to which the Lusa news agency has had access, around 2:00 p.m. local time, “vans with heavily armed and hooded soldiers” arrived at the public entity’s facilities, who asked by the person in charge and the keys to the building.
“The CEO handed over the keys and left,” says this source. A similar situation has been narrated to the aforementioned news agency by another source to National Radio, where a group of armed soldiers entered the facilities when the news was being broadcast.
“They asked us to stop the news and leave the radio and we didn’t go,” said this source, who said that the military said that the station would remain closed “until further orders.”
Last Friday, the Minister of Finance, Suleimane Seidi, and the Secretary of the Treasury, António Monteiro, were arrested in the framework of a process related to payments to businessmen. These arrests caused tensions in Bissau, the capital.
A group of members of the National Guard came to release Seidi and Monteiro for a few moments, causing a confrontation between them and agents of the Special Forces of the Presidential Guard in the streets of Bissau.
This alleged coup ended with the arrest of the commander of the National Guard, Víctor Tchongo, but Sissoco Embaló understands that he acted under the orders of unidentified people who sought his downfall.
Sissoco Embaló won a disputed presidential election as a candidate of the Movement for Democratic Alternation, a split formation from the country’s main party and current majority partner of the Government coalition, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGCV). This dissonance has generated enormous political instability in the African country.
The president suspects what happened as a conflict derived from the current political situation, given that the National Guard is at the service of the Ministry of the Interior – which controls the PAIGCV – while the Special Forces of the Presidential Guard protect the president.