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Burkina Faso soldiers announce overthrow of military governmentSEXI News

Armed soldiers in uniform and masks appeared on television in Burkina Faso on Friday night to confirm the ouster of President Paul-Henri Damiba, the second coup in the troubled West African country this year.

The announcement began a day that began with gunfire near a military camp in the capital, Ouagadougou, an explosion near the presidential palace, and interruptions to state television programming.

It’s a pattern that has become increasingly familiar in West and Central Africa over the past two years as Islamist insurgents wreak havoc in arid expanses of the Sahel region, killing thousands and eroding trust in weak governments. who have not found a way to defeat them. Back.

Mali, Chad and Guinea have seen coups since 2020, raising fears of a retreat towards military rule in a region that has made democratic progress over the past decade.

The new leader of Burkina Faso is Army Captain Ibrahim Traore. In a scene involving Damiba’s own power grab in the January 24 coup, Traore appeared on television surrounded by soldiers and announced that the government had been dissolved, the constitution suspended and borders closed. He announced night curfew.

Damiba could not be traced on Friday evening.

Traore said a group of officials who helped Damiba seize power in January decided to remove their leader because of their inability to deal with Islamists. Damiba overthrew former President Roch Kabore for the same reason.

“Faced with the worsening situation, we have tried several times to refocus the transition to Damiba on the security question,” said the statement signed by Traor and read by another official on television.

The statement said Damiba had rejected the authorities’ proposals to reorganize the military and instead continued with the military structure that led to the fall of the previous regime.

“Damiba’s actions gradually convinced us that his ambitions were drifting away from what we had set out to do. We decided to remove Damiba on this day.

It said national stakeholders would be invited soon to adopt a new transitional charter and nominate a new civilian or military president.

The civilian population has enthused the military junta in the hope that they may be more successful in stopping the rebels than their democratically elected predecessors. But hope has quickly faded.

Burkina Faso has become the epicenter of violence perpetrated by groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State that began in neighboring Mali in 2012 and spread to other West African countries south of the Sahara desert.

Raids on rural communities have killed thousands and forced millions to flee. At least 11 soldiers were killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso this week. Dozens of civilians are still missing.

Friday’s coup poses a conundrum for West Africa’s political bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which has sought to persuade coup leaders in the region to return to civilian rule as soon as possible.

ECOWAS suspended Burkina Faso after the January coup, but has since agreed to a two-year transition to democratic elections.

“ECOWAS reaffirms its unreserved opposition to taking or maintaining power by unconstitutional means,” it said in a statement.

It called for “sincere respect for the timeline already agreed with the transitional authorities to return to constitutional order after July 1, 2024”.