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Burkina Faso Coup Removes Junta Leader

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On Friday, military officials declared that the junta leader of Burkina Faso had been removed from office.

A statement read out on national television revealed Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba‘s removal. Damiba himself took office in a coup in January.

Burkina Faso Coup Removes Junta Leader Henri Sandaogo Damiba

The borders would be closed starting at midnight, the constitution would be suspended, and the government would be dissolved, according to the rebelling military.

Captain Ibrahim Traore was named as the next strongman of the nation.

Approximately 15 soldiers in fatigues read out the announcement on the radio-television station just before 8:00 p.m. local time.

We have made the decision to assume our obligations, motivated by a single ideal: reestablishing the security and integrity of our region, they claimed.

Additionally, a curfew from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am was declared.

Earlier on Friday, the government claimed that force deployments in strategic parts of the capital were being caused by a “internal crisis” inside the army. It also claimed that talks were in progress after shots were fired just before sunrise.


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