Military coup d'etat in Guinea Bissau

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Plan staff, families and property continue to be safe.
The situation continues to be calm in the country.

The ousted president Kumba Yala submitted his resignation as head of state during a television and radio broadcast and urged the people of Guinea Bissau to support the formation of a government of national unity.

His speech followed 48 hours of intensive talks between the ousted President, General Correia Seabra and a delegation of ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The delegation of ministers invited the ad-hoc commission of political leaders, the civil society and military officers to appoint a civilian-led transitional government within the next day or two.

The presidents of Nigeria and Senegal are expected to go to Bissau today to hold talks with the military junta.

Government offices continue to be closed but shops and markets are opened. Commercial flights have resumed. Thousands of people marched in the streets of Bissau yesterday in support of the coup.

We will keep you updated as we receive more information. Thank you for your continued interest and concern.