Watch: Soldiers from Burkina Faso announce military takeover on state television

Watch: Soldiers from Burkina Faso announce military takeover on state television


Burkina Faso’s soldiers said on state television on Monday that they had taken control and dissolved the country’s government and parliament.

They also stated that the country’s borders had been blocked and promised a “return to constitutional order” in a “reasonable time”.

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Burkina Faso’s soldiers said on state television on Monday that they had taken control and dissolved the country’s government and parliament.

They also stated that the country’s borders had been blocked and promised a “return to constitutional order” in a “reasonable time”.

Earlier in the day, Burkina Faso’s army announced that President Roch Kabore had been deposed, the constitution suspended, the government and national legislature dissolved, and the country’s borders blocked.

The announcement blamed the deteriorating security situation and Kabore’s inability to unite the West African nation and adequately respond to the difficulties it faced, including an Islamist insurgency.

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The announcement, signed by Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba and broadcast by another official on state television, said the takeover was peaceful and that the detainees were being held in a safe place.

The Patriotic Movement for Protection and Restoration, or MPSR in French, issued the statement on behalf of a previously unknown organization.

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The army broadcast came after two days of chaos and terror in the capital Ouagadougou, where soldiers called for additional support for their war against Islamist extremists and gunfire erupted in army camps on Sunday.
Kabore’s whereabouts were unknown Monday after heavy gunfire was heard around his home during the night.

(With contributions from agencies)

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