Soldiers announce takeover of power in Burkina Faso

This was announced by a spokesman for the putschists on state television. The government had been dissolved and the constitution suspended, said Sidsoré Kader Ouedraogo, speaking on behalf of the Patriotic Movement for Protection and Restoration (MPSR).

One wants to avoid violence and bloodshed, said Ouedraogo. The MPSR will soon announce how and when Burkina Faso will return to democracy. The country’s borders remained closed for at least four days, and there was also a curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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