Burkina Faso military captain pronounces overthrow of navy authorities By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba, who led Burkina Faso’s navy coup in January, sits as he attends his sworn in ceremony for a second time as president to steer a three-year transition after a nationwide convention authorized a transitional


By Thiam Ndiaga and Anne Mimault

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) -Burkina Faso military Captain Ibrahim Traore has ousted navy chief Paul-Henri Damiba and dissolved the federal government within the West African nation’s second coup in eight months, he stated in an announcement learn on nationwide tv on Friday night.

Traore stated a gaggle of officers who helped Damiba seize energy in January, had determined to take away their chief attributable to his incapability to cope with a worsening Islamist insurgency. Damiba had ousted former President Roch Kabore in January, partly for a similar cause.

The structure has been suspended and the transitional constitution dissolved, borders are closed indefinitely and all political and civil society actions are suspended, Traore stated. He declared a curfew from 2100 GMT to 0500 GMT.

“Confronted with the deteriorating state of affairs, we tried a number of instances to get Damiba to refocus the transition on the safety query,” stated the assertion signed by Traore and skim out by one other officer on tv, flanked by a gaggle of troopers in navy fatigues and heavy armour.

The assertion stated Damiba had rejected proposals by the officers to reorganise the military and as an alternative continued with the navy construction that had led to the autumn of the earlier regime.

“Damiba’s actions steadily satisfied us that his ambitions had been diverting away from what we got down to do. We determined at the present time to take away Damiba,” it stated.

Nationwide stakeholders will probably be invited quickly to undertake a brand new transitional constitution and designate a brand new civilian or navy president, it stated.

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