Guinea-Bissau’s interim president resigns for security reasons.

The interim president of Guinea-Bissau, Cipriano Cassama, has resigned for security reasons two days after taking the oath.

“An interim president must have all the security conditions to fulfill his duties,” Cassama told reporters in the capital Bissau on Sunday.

Today my life is in danger, the life of my family is in danger, the life of the people is in danger. This is why I decided to resign, “he added.

Cassama was sworn in by lawmakers on Friday night which later on the ruling party said the swearing in of the election a day earlier was illegal. Cassama has said he will keep his post as speaker of parliament. The small West African nation has been in political turmoil since the second round of the December 29 polls between the leader of the ruling party, the PAIGC, Domingos Simoes Pereira and Embalo, Pereira claiming that the vote was fraudulent and demanding a recount.

The political feud threatens new turmoil in one of the poorest countries in the world, which was previously a haven for cocaine smuggling gangs from South America to Europe. Cocaine records in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde last year raised fears of an increase in drug trafficking in West Africa, which will likely benefit Islamist activists in the region.

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