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Wednesday, 29 August, 2001, 07:46 GMT 08:46 UK
Guinea Bissau minister sacked

The President of Guinea Bissau, Kumba Yala, has sacked his interior minister, Artur Sanha.

No official reason was given.

Mr Sanha is alleged to have had an affair with a young woman who died last month.

The woman's family says she was forced to have an abortion by people close to Mr Sanha.

The sacked minister has denied any knowledge of her.

Earlier this month thousands of young people demonstrated in the capital Bissau, calling Mr Sanha a killer.

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