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Guinea-Bissau lawmakers to review amnesty law

Monday - 9/9/2013, 3:00pm  ET

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) -- Guinea-Bissau's parliament has opened a special session that will include review of a law granting amnesty to anyone involved in last year's coup.

The five-day session is devoted to measures that transitional authorities consider urgent in advance of elections scheduled for late November.

The coup occurred in April 2012, when the army arrested former Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior weeks before a runoff presidential election he was expected to win. The country is currently run by a transitional administration headed by President Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo.

In a letter on Monday to National Assembly President Ibraima Sory Djalo, the Guinean Human Rights League came out against the amnesty, saying it could perpetuate impunity in the coup-prone West African nation and noting that a 2008 amnesty law did not bring about stability.

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