BISSAU, Guinea Bissau – A Portuguese news agency says a popular journalist in Guinea-Bissau was detained after soldiers arrested the prime minister.
News agency Lusa reported journalist Antonio Aly Silva was released Saturday.
The journalist, author of a popular blog, told Lusa he was held for a few hours and was released along with several of detained prime minister Carlos Gomes’ bodyguards and singer Dulce Neves.
Soldiers said Friday they arrested Gomes, the latest instability to roil a coup-prone West African country where no leader in nearly 40 years has finished his time in office.
The tiny West African nation â€” known for being a cocaine hub â€” was due to hold a contentious presidential runoff election on April 29, with Gomes as the front-runner.