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Guinea-Bissau Announces Interim President


Press Statement
Gordon Duguid
Acting Deputy Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 4, 2009

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The United States welcomes the successful transition of power in Guinea-Bissau to Parliament Speaker Raimundo Pereira, the constitutional successor to the late President Joao Nino Vieira. We congratulate Guinea-Bissau for adhering to its constitution under extraordinary circumstances.

We support the interim president and encourage the Government of Guinea-Bissau to work within its democratic institutions. We urge the military and all political parties to respect the rule of law and work together to build a prosperous and secure future for Guinea-Bissau.

We extend our condolences to the people of Guinea-Bissau on the assassinations of the President of Joao Bernardo Vieira and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Tagme Na Wai on March 1 and 2, 2009. We call on the Government of Guinea-Bissau to bring to justice those responsible for these violent acts.



PRN: 2009/189

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