Prime minister detained after troops stage coup


Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau have detained the country’s interim president and the former prime minister, cutting short an unfinished presidential election in West Africa’s second military coup in a month.

A military spokesman confirmed the detentions of ex-premier and presidential election front-runner Carlos Gomes jnr and interim president Raimundo Pereira, following assaults by armed soldiers on their homes on Thursday evening.

Organisations and governments, from the UN Security Council to the European Union, the African Union, the United States and former colonial power Portugal condemned the latest military interruption of civilian rule in West Africa. – (Reuters)