Beyond Turf Wars: Managing the Post Coup Transition in Guinea Bissau

"This report discusses the April coup, its causes and consequences. It analyses the transition that has ensued, with particular attention to the complex diplomatic struggle that has unfolded, and assesses whether and under what conditions the transition could be an opportunity for reform. Early in the evening of 12 April, armed FAGB units moved through the city of Bissau, taking control of key sites: the presidency, headquarters of the ruling PAIGC and the public and private radio networks. Interim President Raimundo Pereira was seized without a fight, but shots were fired at the residence of Carlos Gomes Júnior, the man who until that moment had seemed set to win the presidency in the second round of the election on 29 April. Gomes Júnior was arrested, and the military tightened its grip on the city, establishing checkpoints around embassies and roadblocks on main arteries. In a well-orchestrated action, a junta took over with no apparent loss of life. In the early days of the coup, there were several instances of harassment against senior supporters of Gomes Júnior, including pillaging of homes or offices."