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Sao Tome's deposed president, stranded in Nigeria, rallies support

Sao Tome’s deposed president Fradique de Menezes was stranded in the Nigerian capital Abuja trying to rally international support after a military coup in his island nation. De Menezes firmly denied rumours that he planned a dramatic return to power backed by Nigerian troops, but told Portuguese radio that he hoped to win concrete support from the 53-nation African Union. The ousted leader’s spokesman, Guillaume Neto, told AFP that de Menezes hoped to talk to Mozambique’s President Joachim Chissano, the current AU chairman, while both men were in Abuja. Chissano’s spokesman, Antonio Montonse, said: “It’s probable that the question of military intervention will come up in Abuja.” Full Story

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