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Army Takes Over Govt In Burkina Faso

Posted: Sep 16, 2015 at 9:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Burkina Faso’s interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida have been deposed and detained by soldiers on Wednesday in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Achille Tapsoba, a source in the Office of the President, told the Associated Press that soldiers showed up in the presidential office late Wednesday and prevented Kafando and Zida from leaving.

The two leaders had earlier been mandated to organise the October 11 elections of this year.

The military in Burkina Faso had initially appointed Zida as head of state after they removed former President Blaise Compaore in a coup last year. However, the military backed down after international pressure and appointed Michel Kafando as President.

Kafando used to be the Burkina Faso’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

Jeff Smith, the Africa Policy Director at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, stated that “today’s events in Burkina Faso, which comes nearly one year after last October’s mass protests, may very likely be the result of the recent shake-up within the country’s presidential security.”

He added that, “It is believed that Zida maintains strong support in some sectors of the country’s ruling apparatus, and perhaps this is a political power play orchestrated by him and his supporters.”


* Additional report from Sahara Reporters