Saturday, October 1, 2022

Burkina Faso army captain announces overthrow of military government

 A Burkina Faso army captain on Friday announced the ouster of military leader Paul-Henri Damiba and the suspension of the country's constitution and transitional charter in a statement read on national television.  

Army Captain Ibrahim Traoré said a group of officers had decided to remove Damiba due to his inability to deal with a worsening Islamist insurgency.

He announced that Burkina Faso's borders were closed indefinitely and that all political and civil society activities were suspended.

Around 15 soldiers in fatigues appeared on the Radio-Television broadcaster shortly before 8pm local time and read out the statement.

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  1. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Friday condemned the seizure of power by a military group in Burkina Faso on Friday.

    Local media reported earlier on Friday that a military group led by Capt. Ibrahim Traore announced the ouster of Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, the head of the country's interim government, the suspension of the country's constitution, the dissolution of the government, and the closure of borders. The military, which claimed its allegiance to the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR), accused Damiba of diverting away from the ideals of the movement.

    "ECOWAS condemns in the strongest terms the violent seizure of power that took place on Friday, September 30, 2022, in Burkina Faso.


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