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In October, Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo told French radio that drug trafficking and corruption were over in his country, which has struggled to shake off its reputation as a “narco state” of West Africa.

Those words rang hollow a few months later. Fierce gunfire interrupted a Cabinet meeting Embalo was presiding over, and within hours of the deadly Feb. 1 attack he described it as a failed coup attempt possibly linked to the drugs trade.

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