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JUST IN; Burkina Faso hit by second coup in eight months time

Rebellious soldiers unseated Burkina Faso president Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba in a coup, according to an announcement read on national television on Friday evening, crowning a day that started with gunfire in the capital of Ouagadougou and halted with the second coup in eight months in the west African nation wracked by a jihadist rebellion. Army captain Ibrahim Traore, flanked by more than a dozen officers, was inaugurated as the country’s new leader.

The government was crumbled immediately and the constitution and transitional agreement were postponed. All borders will be closed indefinitely and political and civil society movements will be canceled.

Earlier on Friday, commotions had been heard close to the Baba Sy military base in the capital. Soldiers barred access to administrative buildings in the capital and the state broadcaster temporarily went off air. Damiba’s location on Friday were anonymous as turmoil stretch.

He was latter discovered publicly in the northern town of Djibo on Thursday, where he talked to the soldiers in the aftermath of a terrorist invasion on a convoy carrying supplies to the town. Eleven soldiers were killed in that assault.

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Damiba was also at the UN General Assembly last week, protecting the coup that brought him to office, interpreting it as “necessary and indispensable”. A statement credited to Damiba on Friday afternoon by his office had attempted to lessen anxieties.

Damiba overthrew the civilian government of president Roch Kaboré, vowing to collapse Islamist jihadis who had seized effect of large swaths of the country’s north and east. Many citizens and military rank and file, demoralized by their government’s impotence in the face of catastrophe, originally cheered the transition.

But the rebellion has heightened since then. At least 35 civilians were murdered in the north this month when their caravan of vehicles hauling supplies to the capital hit a roadside bomb. Analysts from the International Crisis Group, a think-tank, lately said that al-Qaeda and Isis-linked actors were effective in 10 of the country’s 13 regions.

Over the past two years, coups have evolve a regular occurrence in west Africa, a region formerly associated with peaceful democratic transitions. Troopers in Guinea toppled President Alpha Condé in September 2021 after he sought a third term in office that evoked federal protests.

In Mali, military officers seized charge from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in August 2020 and established a temporary government with civilians. Nevertheless, the same soldiers led by Colonel Assimi Goïta ousted the temporary government nine months later to take complete control of the country. The coups in Mali have overseen a comprehensive deterioration of relations between the west African nation and France, its former colonial power.

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