Hundreds of people celebrate the military takeover

Nfter a mutiny by soldiers in Burkina Faso, the military claims to have taken power in the country. Soldiers said on state television on Monday evening that the government had been deposed and parliament dissolved. In the capital, Ouagadougou, hundreds of people took to the streets to celebrate. The UN, the USA and the EU sharply condemned the actions of the military.

Soldier Kader Ouedraogo read out a statement on behalf of a military group calling itself the Patriotic Movement for Protection and Restoration (MPSR). This was signed by Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who is considered the new strongman in the West African country. The military imposed a night curfew.

In their video message, which was distributed on television and on Facebook, the soldiers also announced that the borders would be closed for four days. They promised a “return to constitutional order” within a “reasonable time”.

Army promises focus “on the essentials”

Before the curfew began, hundreds of supporters had celebrated on the streets with cheers and whistles. “It is a victory, a new beginning for the Burkinabe people in overthrowing an incompetent regime,” Amado Zoungrana told AFP. Serge Compaoré called for the army to “focus on what’s important,” which is to rid the country “of the terrorist groups that have caused us enough suffering.”

The whereabouts of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré remained unclear on Monday evening. State television RTB published a handwritten letter with his signature on his Twitter account. In it he declared his “resignation”.

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