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The South African government has 'unequivocally' condemned
yesterday's military takeover in Guinea-Bissau.
In a statement today, the Foreign Affairs Department described the
move as regrettable as the coup occurred a month before the holding
of the country's second democratic elections since the devastating
civil war in 1998-1999.
Guinea-Bissau military has accused its government of incompetence
thus staged the coup.
The army's chief-of-staff, General Verissimo Seabra Correia, seized
control of the small republic and detained the President, Kumba
Yala and Prime Minister Mario Pires.
In the statement released by the department, foreign affairs deputy
minister Aziz Pahad reiterated that Africa's leaders would not
tolerate any unconstitutional transfer of power.
“It the unconstitutional transfer of power undermines
the very spirit of African reconstruction through Nepad and the
African Union,” he said.
The deputy minister urged the military to restore the duly elected
leaders of Guinea-Bissau.
Pahad reminded the military that a democratic system was the only
acceptable way to change a government.
“Those involved in the coup are urged to exercise
wisdom and discretion and act in the long-term best interest of
their country and fellow-citizens,” said the statement