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Burkina Faso Troops Converge in Capital, Warn Coup Leaders

Burkina Faso coup leader, General Gilbert Diendere

Tension is mounting in Burkina Faso after soldiers abandoned military bases across the country before converging in the capital Ouagadougou, website like this http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/classes/em-person.php urging the presidential guard to surrender or face action.

This was after General Gilbert Diendere, a loyalist of deposed dictator, Blaise Campaore, declared a coup last Wednesday.

Transitional Government President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and several Government ministers were eventually detained by elements of the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle (presidential guard) while they were at a meeting in the capital, Ouagadougou.

However, United Nations piled pressure on the coup leaders hence securing the government officials’ release.

On Tuesday, the international media reported that the coup leader was willing to surrender and that talks were underway among military heads and the presidential guard commanders to reach a consensus.

“We ask them to immediately lay down their arms and go to Camp Sangoule Lamizana,” read the statement signed by several military chiefs, referring to a barracks in Ouagadougou.

“They and their families will be protected,” it added, according to Reuters.

UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon reiterated his demand for the swift resumption of the country’s political transition in accordance with Burkina Faso’s Constitution and Transitional Charter, saying “those responsible for the coup d’etat and its consequences must be held accountable,” his spokesman told reporters at UN Headquarters.

Ban said he was following with “great concern” the situation in Burkina Faso and strongly condemns reports of violence against civilians, which has resulted in an unconfirmed number of deaths and injuries.

The opposition and civil groups have since refused to endorse an amnesty arrangement for the coup leaders, holding violent protests in the capital of the troubled western African country.

There are concerns of a possible protracted conflict in the country.


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