Rebels Free Guinea-Bissau Leaders Seized in Coup

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Troops in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau have freed two top leaders who spent two weeks in custody after this month's coup.

Officials said former Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior and interim President Raimundo Pereira flew to Ivory Coast Friday. They were released a day after the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, said it is sending 600 troops to the country.

The coup derailed the runoff presidential elections planned for the end of this month to replace the late president Malam Bacai Sanha, who died in January after a long illness.

Guinea-Bissau has endured numerous coups and coup attempts over the past 30 years and has become a transit point for international drug traffickers.