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GUINEA-BISSAU: Former leader ready to return home
ABIDJAN, 8 December 1998 (IRIN) - Luis Cabral, the first president of Guinea Bissau, has said he is ready to return home but only after the man who deposed him in 1980 cedes power, AFP reported yesterday.
In an interview published in the Lisbon daily ‘24 Horas’, Cabral said he feared for his life because President Joao Bernardo Vieira, who overthrew him, had said he could not guarantee Cabral’s safety. Cabral’s return was suggested by Guinea Bissau’s new prime minister, Francisco Fadul, in an interview published on Saturday by the independent Portuguese weekly, ‘Expresso’.
Luis Cabral, 67, and his assassinated brother Amilcar, were the founders of the Partido Africano da Independencia da Guine e Cabo Verde (PAIGC) which fought a war of independence against Portugal.
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