Burkina Faso armed force chief overthrow military government in second rebellion in eight months

Army Capt Traore announced in a broadcast statement that the constitution and charter of transition were suspended, as well as the dissolution government of transition and a curfew of 9 pm to 5 am.

Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, a Burkinabe army officer, served as the interim president of Burkina Faso between January 31, 2022 and September 30, 2022.

Ibrahim Traore stated that Lt Col Damiba’s inability deal with an Islamist Insurgency was the reason for his takeover.

According to BBC reports, Monday saw the deaths of 11 soldiers who were escorting a convoy civilian vehicles through the country’s north.

On Friday, Lt. Col Damiba asked the people to be calm after heavy gunfire in some parts of the capital.

During this time, all political activities and borders were temporarily closed.

Damiba was accused by the junta, who claimed that Damiba had diverted from the ideals and principles of the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration(MPSR), which is the ruling military junta in Burkina Faso following the coup d’etat in January 2022.

In January, Damiba’s junta overthrew a elected government, citing failure to stop Islamist attacks.

According to early reports from Reuters, Burkina Faso Army Capt Ibrahim Traore said that Lt Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba was the president of Burkina Faso.

Traore was surrounded by a military team and declared in a broadcast that the constitution and the charter of the transition were suspended. He also dissolution the government of transition and established a curfew between 9pm and 5am.

He also announced that the country’s borders would be closed until further notice, and that activities of political parties and civil society organisations would be suspended.

Traore stated that he would convene all the forces of the country in order to create a new charter, and to appoint a civilian or military president for Burkina Faso.

Islamic Insurgency

Human Rights Watch World Report 2022 shows that Burkina Faso experienced a significant decline in its human rights and security status between 2021 and 2023. There were attacks and atrocities committed by armed Islamist groups, as well as unlawful killings perpetrated by state security forces or pro-government militias. The humanitarian situation also deteriorated.

ECOWAS condemns take-over

Friday’s condemnation by the Economic Community of West African States of the seizure of power in Burkina Faso by a group of soldiers was made by the Economic Community of West African States

According to the regional bloc, the coup occurred at an inopportune moment when Burkina Faso was making progress towards constitutional rule after a January military overthrow of a civilian government.

Reports from soldiers on patrol in the streets

Yesterday’s reports indicated that soldiers were seen on the streets, and that heavy gunfire was heard close to the capital and the main military camp.

Near the Presidential Palace, where soldiers were taking up positions, a large blast also rang.

On January 24, the Burkina Faso ruling military junta, The Movement for Safeguard and Restoration, was overthrown by Damiba.

According to Sputnik news, the military group overthrew Roch Marc Christian Kabore (Burkinabe president), and dismantled the government.

Later, the group announced that they would restore the country’s constitution.

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