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He anointed himself president just three weeks after his 41st birthday, making him the latest man to overthrow a government in Africa, and raising fear that what UN chief Antonio Guterres last year called the "epidemics of coups" could continue in to the the year.
Lt-col Damiba sat impressively as Reuters news agency put it in a low lit studio on Monday evening, leaving a captain to announce state television that he had toppled President Roch Kabore, a former banker who is now his prisoner.
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" As far as we have reached its not a coup'" school teacher Julienne Traore said to a local news agency in Burkina Faso as crowds celebrated in the capital. "Its a liberation of a country which was being governed by people who were incompetent".
This view was expressed despite the fact that Lt-col Damiba has neither addressed the nation nor granted media interviews since seizing power, suggesting he is at least publicly shy or not ideal for a president.
Lt-col Damiba's background is similar to that of many Burkina Faso's military elite. He studied in France at a military academy and a prestigious institution where he got a master's in criminal science. Most recently Damiba received training in the US, as it increasingly turned its attention to West Africa to fight militant Islamists who have gained a foothold in the region
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