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Sao Tome Coup Leaders Agree in Principle to Return of President

The military junta that seized power last week while the president was abroad has accepted the idea of his return, an African envoy said Monday after holdings talks with the junta leaders. The military junta that seized power last week while the president was abroad has accepted the idea of his return, an African envoy said Monday after holdings talks with the junta leaders. “Since the first hour of the talks, the junta has agreed with the return of the president,” Angolan Interior Minister Oswaldo van Dunen told reporters. “One of the issues that we have to discuss are the conditions for his return.” Sao Tome and Principe’s President Fradique de Menezes was visiting Nigeria when the coup took place Wednesday in this oil-rich but otherwise poor twin-island country off West Africa. He hasn’t been allowed to return. Van Dunen didn’t provide details on the conditions of the president’s return. Full Story

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