Junta Leader Removed in Coup in Burkina Faso

The leader of the junta in Burkina Faso was removed from office, military officials declared on Friday.

In a statement read out on national television, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who took control of the government in a coup in January, was fired.

Along with the suspension of the constitution and the dismissal of the government, the revolting military also declared that borders would close at midnight.

Captain Ibrahim Traore was proclaimed to be the new dictator of the nation.

Before 8:00 p.m. local time, some 15 soldiers in fatigues read out the announcement on the radio-television station.

We have chosen to assume our obligations, motivated by a single ideal: the restoration of the safety and integrity of our region, they claimed.

Also mentioned was a curfew from 9:00 pm until 5:00 am.

After shots were fired early on Friday morning, the administration claimed that a “internal crisis” inside the army was to blame for force deployments in strategic parts of the capital. It also claimed that negotiations were in progress.


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