Burkina Faso

President back in charge after coup attempt


Burkina Faso’s interim President Michel Kafando was back in charge yesterday after an attempted coup d’etat took place last week.

Local newspapers seem to be pointing to two factors which brought about the coup attempt last week.

The first was that coup leader, Gilbert Diendéré, was expected to be cited in a report soon to be published into the assassination of then President Thomas Sankara and that he had hoped for some sort of immunity from prosecution. There is no indication that any deal done has included immunity from prosecution.

The second was that the leadership of the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) the party of deposed president, Blaise Compaoré, had said that “without them there would be no elections in Burkina.” Elections were due to be held on 11th October but as a result of the coup attempt it is now unclear if they will go ahead.

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