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Sao Tome Coup Ends With Amnesty Agreement

Rebel leaders ended a weeklong bloodless coup in impoverished Sao Tome and Principe after the president signed an accord promising to replace the government and give them amnesty. President Fradique de Menezes returned to the West African nation on Wednesday accompanied by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, whose nation has an arrangement to share huge offshore oil reserves with Sao Tome. Under the deal reached with the coup leaders, who rose up July 16, Menezes will remain president alongside a new government. It includes guarantees that Menezes, who has fired four prime ministers and dissolved parliament once since his five-year term began in September 2001, will respect his nation’s separation of powers. The coup leader, Maj. Fernando Pereira, said the military could rebel again if the government violates the agreement, which also grants them amnesty. Full Story

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