Press Statement
Gordon Duguid
Acting Deputy Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 4, 2009

The United States welcomes the successful transition of power in Guinea-Bissau to Parliament Speaker Raimundo Pereira, the constitutional successor to the late President Joao Nino Vieira. We congratulate Guinea-Bissau for adhering to its constitution under extraordinary circumstances.

We support the interim president and encourage the Government of Guinea-Bissau to work within its democratic institutions. We urge the military and all political parties to respect the rule of law and work together to build a prosperous and secure future for Guinea-Bissau.

We extend our condolences to the people of Guinea-Bissau on the assassinations of the President of Joao Bernardo Vieira and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Tagme Na Wai on March 1 and 2, 2009. We call on the Government of Guinea-Bissau to bring to justice those responsible for these violent acts.

PRN: 2009/189