UPDATE 1-G. Bissau's main party defies military over coup

Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:38pm GMT
 

* Military chiefs have ordered transition to new elections

* Main PAIGC party rejects "anti-constitutional" solution

* Global condemnation of Guinea-Bissau's military

* Coup halted existing vote process, political leaders held (Recasts with PAIGC statement, CPLP resolution in Lisbon)

By Alberto Dabo

BISSAU, April 14 (Reuters) - Guinea-Bissau's main political party on Saturday defied the military chiefs who overthrew civilian leaders in a coup this week, rejecting the army's proposal to form a transitional government leading to elections.

The position taken by the PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde), which holds two-thirds of the seats in the West African nation's parliament, makes it virtually impossible for the military to form any kind of really representative administration following Thursday's coup.

"The PAIGC rejects any anti-constitutional or anti-democratic proposal of a solution to this crisis," the party's leadership said in a statement.

It also demanded that the military release interim President Raimundo Pereira and former Prime Minister and presidential front-runner Carlos Gomes Junior, both PAIGC leaders, who were detained by soldiers who assaulted their homes late on Thursday.   Continued...

 
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