Turkey strongly condemns military coup in Guinea-Bissau

April 25, 2012, Wednesday/ 01:50:00

Turkey has said it strongly condemns a military coup in Guinea-Bissau and urged the small African country to immediately restore constitutional order.

A Foreign Ministry statement said on Tuesday that Turkey urges the African country to restore constitutional order in line with the calls of the African Union and Security Council and said it strongly supports efforts of regional international organizations in this regard. Turkey also underlined that it is closely following developments in the country after the coup.

Guinea-Bissau was just weeks away from holding a presidential runoff election when soldiers attacked the home of Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr., who was the front-runner in the vote set for April 29. He was arrested along with President Raimundo Pereira, who took power after Guinea-Bissau's president died in January, and other officials.

No leader in nearly 40 years of independence has finished his term in office in Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony on Africa's western coast that has long been plagued by coups.