Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo has dissolved the country’s parliament, a government spokesperson told reporters on Monday, after what Embalo said was an attempted coup in the tiny West African country last week.

Report informs via Reuters that clashes between two army factions broke out in Bissau on Thursday night and continued on Friday after national guard soldiers freed an opposition minister who had been detained in a corruption investigation.

Coups and unrest have been commonplace in Guinea-Bissau since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974.