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Burkina Faso president back in power one week after coup

In recent days, Burkina Faso's army sent troops into the capital to pressure Diendere and his soldiers to cede power.

By: AP | Ouagadougou |
September 23, 2015 4:30:38 pm
Burkina faso, Burkina Faso coup, Burkina coup, Burkina news, Burkina protests, Burkina Faso violence In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, a protestor holds a Burkina Faso national flag during a protest against a recent coup in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Demonstrators took to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital Monday, burning tires to protest a proposed compromise solution to the country’s deepening political crisis as tensions mounted over military rule. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

Burkina Faso’s interim president declared Wednesday he is once again in charge of the country a week after a military general and his supporters overthrew him and his transitional government.

Interim President Michel Kafando had been arrested by members of the presidential guard a week ago, and later sought refuge at the residence of the French ambassador. In recent days, Burkina Faso’s army sent troops into the capital to pressure Diendere and his soldiers to cede power. The military threatened to disarm them by force if necessary.

A regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States, also called on the junta to lay down its arms.

“During this ordeal we have fought together and in freedom we triumph together,” Kafando said in a declaration to the nation as presidents of neighboring countries arrived in Burkina Faso. “We are proud of the intrepidity of the Burkinabe people, in particular its youth,” he added. Kafando’s return caps a tumultuous week in Burkina Faso, where Gen. Gilbert Diendere and his supporters seized power a month before an election.


The vote was organized after longtime leader Blaise Compaore was ousted in October in a popular uprising. The transitional government led by Kafando was to be charge until that vote.

The military said Wednesday it had reached an agreement with other members of Diendere’s guard overnight.

Diendere had been an aide to Compaore and the head of the presidential guard under hm.

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