Guinea-Bissau’s Yala dies in hospital

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iol pic afr GBISSAU-YALA AFP Kumba Yala. File picture: Seyllou

Bissau - Former Guinea Bissau president Kumba Yala, who ruled the West African nation from 2000 to 2003, has died at the age of 61, a statement from the country's military hospital said on Friday.

A veteran of Bissau's turbulent political scene, Yala came to power in 2000 after the country's second multi-party election following a brief civil war in 1999.

He was ousted in a bloodless military coup in September 2003.

“President Kumba Yala is dead. He died around midnight during the night of April 3 of a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest,” the statement said.

Yala's death comes 10 days before a legislative and presidential election intended to draw a line under a 2012 military coup.

He was not a contender in the election. - Reuters


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