Guinea-Bissau Drugs Trade Increased After 2012 Coup, Group Says

Trafficking of drugs through Guinea- Bissau increased after its military toppled the government last year, a local rights group said.

Movement of narcotics through the West African nation by South American gangs seeking to reach Europe and other parts of the world “increased significantly and has reached alarming proportions,” the Human Rights League of Guinea-Bissau said in a report published on its website today. “One cannot expect a happy ending to the crisis that has taken hold of the country since the coup.”

The coup ousted acting President Raimundo Pereira and Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior, who was front-runner in elections that were due within days. Both are now in exile while a military-backed transitional government has promised to hold a new vote in April.

Since independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has faced three coups, including the 2009 assassination of a president. The nation of 1.6 million, Africa’s second-biggest cashew-nut grower, wants investments in mining, oil and fisheries, Prime Minister Rui Duarte de Barros said in August last year.

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