The army detains Burkina Faso president

  • The rebels are demanding more resources from the government to fight jihadist terrorism, according to local media

  • A group of soldiers take positions in front of the state television headquarters

the president of Burkina Faso, Roch Kabore, was arrested by military in an apparent coup, as confirmed to the EFF agency on Monday by a high order of the army of this West African country.

“They arrested him at his home and took him to a barracks,” the source, who requested anonymity, said in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou.

The arrest took place after the day of tension what Burkina Faso experienced this Sunday, where shots were fired at several military barracks in an alleged riot to demand improvements in the Army.

According to the aforementioned source, the authorities last night, when shots were heard near the presidential residence, held negotiations with the mutineers which apparently failed.

Soldiers take up positions in front of the RTB state television headquarters and the rebels are expected to statement through the course of the day to reveal his intentions, local media reported.

calls for calm

The arrest also took place after the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said in a statement last night that “big concern“Because of the riot Sunday, I asked”Calm“and requested the army to” the dialogue with the authorities. ”

The statement was released after the Burkina Faso government imposed a nocturnal curfew on Sunday following the riots.

The government of Kaboré (President of Burkina Faso since the end of 2015) therefore tried to retain control of the situation in the country, after a day that began with fears of rioting as a result of the shots heard at dawn in several army barracks.

The chief executive on Sunday denied that it was an attempted coup and in a televised interview, Defense Minister General Aimé Barthélémy Simporé assured that “no public institution” was “disturbed”.

Although the reasons for the shooting have not been officially confirmed, local media have indicated that it is a riot to demand improvements from the government, including more funds to jihadist terrorism (of which Burkina Faso troops are regularly targeted), and the resignation of senior military and intelligence officials.

Military coup

One of the affected centers is a camp housing military prisoners detained for a 2015 coup attempt, including Gilbert Diendéré (one of former president Blaise Compaoré’s strongmen).

During the day, there were popular rallies in support of the army in, among others, the capital, Ouagadougou.

A headquarters of the ruling party, the People’s Movement for Progress (MPP).

In the same month, there have been 15 arrests in Burkina Faso (ten soldiers and five civilians) in connection with an alleged coup attempt.

Last Saturday, the country experienced a new day of unauthorized demonstrations, convened by groups in civil society to express the great social dissatisfaction due to insecurity generated by the jihadist violence and the lack of results from the government when it comes to tackling this problem.

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Jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso are often attributed to groups affiliated with the terrorist network Al-Qaeda and to the organization Islamic State (IS), especially in the northern Sahel region, but has spread to neighboring regions and since 2018 to the east of the country.

Uncertainty caused the number move prisoners amount to just over 1.5 million, according to data from the Burkina Faso government.

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