2003 Guinea-Bissau coup d'état

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2003 Guinea-Bissau coup d'état
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Map of Guinea-Bissau.
Date14 September 2003
11°51′N 15°34′W / 11.850°N 15.567°W / 11.850; -15.567

Coup attempt succeeds with minimum disruption.


Guinea-Bissau Government of Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau Military Committee for the Restoration of Constitutional and Democratic Order

Commanders and leaders
Kumba Ialá Veríssimo Correia Seabra
Casualties and losses
No casualties reported.
2003 Guinea-Bissau coup d'état is located in Guinea-Bissau
2003 Guinea-Bissau coup d'état
Nexus of coup in Bissau (marked green), Guinea-Bissau

The 2003 Guinea-Bissau coup d'état was the bloodless military coup that took place in Guinea-Bissau on 14 September 2003, led by General Veríssimo Correia Seabra against incumbent President Kumba Ialá. Seabra referred to the "incapacity" of Ialá's government as justification for the takeover, together with a stagnant economy, political instability, and military discontent over unpaid salaries.[1][2] Ialá publicly announced his resignation on 17 September,[2] and a political agreement signed that month prohibited him from participating in politics for five years. A civilian-led transitional government led by businessman Henrique Rosa and PRS secretary general Artur Sanhá was set up at the end of September.[3][4]

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