Burkina Faso second Coup News now, military leader Damiba deposed, army captain says
In a statement read on national television, Burkina Faso army Captain Ibrahim Traore announced the removal of military chief Paul-Henri Damiba, the dissolution of the government, and the suspension of the constitution and transitional charter.
Traore stated on Friday night that a group of officers had chosen to remove Damiba because of his incapacity to handle the country’s escalating armed uprising.
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The West African state has been taken over twice in the last eight months. Frustration over the escalating insecurity played a role in the coup that installed Damiba as president in January, overthrowing former President Roch Kabore.
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Burkina Faso has been battling to keep out rebel groups, some of which are connected to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS).
Reporting from Dakar, Senegal, Al Jazeera correspondent Nicolas Haque stated that with 40% of Burkina Faso not under state control, there is growing unhappiness regarding the country’s security.
Haque claimed that the previous coup’s leaders had also promised to deal with the armed groups. When he spoke to people in the streets of Ouagadougou, he claimed that they had a sense of deja vu.
Traore announced on Friday that all political and civil society activities had been suspended and that the borders had been closed indefinitely. There was also a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew announced.
The statement, signed by Traore and read out by another officer on television, flanked by a group of soldiers in military fatigues and heavy armour, stated that “Faced with the deteriorating situation, we tried several times to get Damiba to refocus the transition on the security question.”
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According to the statement, Damiba refused the officers’ suggestions to reorganise the army and instead stuck with the military setup that had caused the previous administration to fall.
“Damiba’s actions gradually persuaded us that his goals were veering off course from what we had planned. We made the decision to get rid of Damiba today,” it said.
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