In a military coup in Burkina Faso, the Army has announced the sack of the government in the West African country.
In a televised broadcast Monday evening, the Army of Burkina Faso announced the deposition of President Roch Kabore, suspension of the constitution, dissolution of the government and the national assembly, and the closure of the country’s borders.
The Army statement, signed on Monday by Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, a lieutenant colonel, and read by Sidsoré Kader Ouedraogo, on state television, said that the takeover was executed without any blood-letting and that those detained were in a secure location.
The group that executed the coup identified itself as the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR). It said the president’s inability to tackle security issues in Burkina Faso and unite Burkinabes led to toppling the government.
“In view of the continuing deterioration of the security situation which threatens the very foundations of our country, the manifest inability of the power of Mr Marc Christian Kaboré to unite the Burkinabé to deal effectively with the situation…,” the group said.
According to the Army broadcast, “is a decision taken with the sole aim of allowing our country to get back on the right track and gather all its forces to fight for its territorial integrity, its role of the CEMA and its sovereignty.”
It pledged its continued respect for international commitments, including human rights.
By this development Burkina Faso has joined the league of Chad, Mali and Guinea, where military takeover of political power recently took place.