White House condemns unrest in Guinea-Bissau

Associated Press
FILE - In this Monday, June 20, 2005, file photo, Guinea Bissau troops sit in front of the electoral commission offices as they guard  ballot boxes in Bissau, Guinea Bissau. Mortars blasted through the capital of the small, coup-prone nation of Guinea-Bissau on Thursday, April 12, 2012 as the military sealed off the city's downtown area and lobbed grenades at the prime minister's home, according to a diplomat and witnesses. The violence comes just weeks before the country's presidential runoff vote, which prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior was favored to win.(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)
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FILE - In this Monday, June 20, 2005, file photo, Guinea Bissau troops sit in front of the electoral commission offices as they guard ballot boxes in Bissau, Guinea Bissau. Mortars blasted through the capital of the small, coup-prone nation of Guinea-Bissau on Thursday, April 12, 2012 as the military sealed off the city's downtown area and lobbed grenades at the prime minister's home, according to a diplomat and witnesses. The violence comes just weeks before the country's presidential runoff vote, which prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior was favored to win.(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is strongly condemning efforts by Guinea-Bissau's military to seize power from the country's civilian leadership and calling for immediate restoration of the legitimate government.

White House press secretary Jay Carney says in a statement that the U.S. remains "deeply concerned" about the safety of interim President Raimundo Pereira and other senior officials. The U.S. is calling for the release of all government leaders and urging reconciliation.

Pereira and Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr. have been detained in the West African country that is prone to political unrest and is due to hold a presidential runoff election April 29. Gomes was the front-runner.

The White House says it welcomes the condemnation of the unrest by the Economic Community of West African States and the U.N. Security Council.

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