Tricky News from Guinea-Bissau

Paula Góes has written a good article about the assassination that happened yesterday in Guinea-Bissau. The president, João Bernardo Vieira was killed while fleeing from his home.
This is news that isn’t necessarily that great for the populace at large. Everyone is a wee bit worried about an impending military coup happening, seeing as how Vieira came back to power after a coup in 2003 that led to his becoming president again in 2005. This was of course after already being president from 1980 – 1999. Not a bad run, but apparently there will be no more of this getting back in office nonsense anymore.
For those who are maybe a bit hazy on this particular Guinea, it’s the former Portuguese colony that’s just under Senegal and not be confused with the other two Guineas: Guinea (only ‘Guinea’ and formerly a French colony) and Equatorial Guinea (formerly a Spanish colony). Yeah, I know, when you look at this and the fact there are two Congos as well as eventually two Sudans, it makes you wonder why there can’t be a few more names to go around. Sure, history dictated a good deal of this, but still… Then again, no one wants probably wants to be another C.A.R. which is about as lame a name as U.S.A. when you think of it.
Of course it appears that I’m not the only person to pick up on this naming business. African Unchained gets in to the fact that in an unfortunate twist of irony, these three countries that share similar names also happen to share similar issues in their failing power structures. Weirdness.
Tricky News from Guinea-Bissau

3 Replies to “Tricky News from Guinea-Bissau”

  1. I am from Guinea, the other one. During the unrest in my country, Vieira sent troops to kill people to help his friend conte continue to rob. Kenyans could have experienced the same frsutration if during the unrest after your irty elections, Djibouti or Yemen had sent troops in your country to kill kill, abuse, burn, to stop innocent people manifesting their outrage.

    I am sorry for this guy’s family, but can you imagine that he was on power pratically since 1980. Unfortunately, it seems that there is no other way to change peacefully Presidents in African countries!

  2. Yes, it’s not much of a democracy when your leaders stay the same no matter what. I think it will be interesting to see what happens over the next 5-10 years in Sub-Saharan Africa as these guys who have been essentially dictators for most of a country’s independence slowly die off. I’m sure there are quite a few who are wondering when Mugabe’s clock runs out.

  3. Le cote terrible de l’attente pour la democratie dans un pays africain c’est qu’elle passe par le souhait que son dictateur meurt ou qu’il y ait une violation de la Constitution par un coup d’état, meme sans effusion de sang. Pour la majeur partie des peuples africains à ce moment précis de leur histoire, toute autre forme de gouvernement serait mieux que les pouvoirs en place,

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