The army of the Republic of Burkina Faso has ousted their transitional president, Lieutenant-Colonel, Paul-Henri Damiba. The former military chief led a military known as Junta that on January 24, 2022 overthrew President Roch Kabore. Damiba cited that Kabore was unable to curb an Islamist insurgency that had killed thousands of people and forced more than one million people to flee their homes.
On February 16, 2022, Damiba was sworn into office as a transitional leader of Burkina Faso. But giving a National Address on a National Television and all the state media yesterday, the Country Army Captain, Ibrahim Traore announced the end of transition government. He ordered suspension of the Constitution and transition charters. The army chief was flanked by a group of soldiers during the address.
The present conflict in Burkina Faso follows a January 2022 coup that hoisted Paul-Henri Damiba to presidency, and left the West African country in much conflict.
President Damiba had accused a section of the army of “creating a confused situation”. On his Facebook account he gave a statement that efforts were ongoing to restore calm. On the contrary the said-efforts appeared to failing as army chief Traore announced take-over Friday evening.
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