The army and opposition parties in Guinea-Bissau will dissolve all existing institutions and set up a National Transitional Council, a spokesman for both sides said on Sunday.

The size and composition of the council, as well as the duration of its mandate, would be determined at a meeting on Monday among the political parties, who would then take their proposals to the junta, said spokesman Fernando Vaz.

The decision was reached at a meeting between the coup leaders and the leaders of 22 parties that was the opposition to the toppled government.

Two committees had been set up to run the country in the period leading up to the creation of the transitional council: one would handle diplomatic affairs; the other social issues.

The diplomatic committee would meet on Monday with delegates from the West African bloc ECOWAS, which has already denounced last Thursday's coup and called for a return to constitutional rule. ECOWAS has also said the presidential election, which was disrupted, should be put back on track.

That election had been due to take place between the then Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior and ex-President Kumba Yala on April 29.

Even before the coup however, Mr. Yala and other opposition leaders had denounced as fraudulent the result of the first round, which Mr. Gomes won comfortably, and had called for a boycott of the rest of the election.

The leaders of the junta say they hold both Mr. Gomes and Mr. Yala. They also said they had deposed and detained Army Chief-of-Staff General Antonio Indjai. But observers in Bissau have expressed scepticism, saying that in fact General Indjai was behind the coup. — AFP