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10 dead as Benin, Senegal reverse Burkina Faso coup


Ousted interim government of Burkina Faso is getting the power back.

That Boni Yayi, President of Benin, Thomas said Saturday after negotiations with the soldiers who committed Thursday a coup in the West African country.

The presidents of Benin and Senegal on Friday traveled to Burkina Faso to speak with the self-proclaimed new leadership of the country.

Interim president Michel Kafando Wednesday was captured by the military.

They disrupted a meeting of the Cabinet and also captured the prime minister and some ministers.

A delegation mediating in Burkina Faso after a coup this week says there has been a breakthrough and hinted the transitional government could return.

Benin President Yayi was speaking after meeting coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere in Ouagadougou.

Yayi suggested an announcement on Sunday could see the reinstatement of President Michel Kafando.

The international delegation, which also includes Senegalese President Macky Sall, held crisis talks on Saturday with Gen Diendere, who was the chief of staff to former president Blaise Compaore, deposed in a popular uprising last October.

Boni Yayi said: “All the players will come together on Sunday morning to issue the good news to the whole world.”

When pressed he said: “We are going to re-launch the transition – a transition led by civilians, with Michel Kafando,” Reuters news agency reported.

One foreign diplomatic source told Agence France-Presse: “What is envisaged – and what will be done – is maintaining Kafando as head of state and for the government to complete the transition. Diendere should leave.”


The head of the army, Gen Pingrenoma Zagre, had issued a statement earlier on Saturday condemning the violence against civilians and calling on the military to be professional.

He urged the people to trust the armed forces to resolve the crisis.

But impromptu roadblocks with burning tyres have been set up across the country in protest at the coup.

Andre, a student, told AFP: “We got rid of Blaise [Compaore]. It’s not on for him to come back or for us to see his aide come back a year later.”

A good sigh of relief, otherwise Burkina Faso was going to become another basket case.

About a hundred demonstrators came together Wednesday at a square in the center of the capital Ouagadougou to demand the release of the interim government members.

According to AFP, 10 were killed and 113 others injured in the clashes with the army.

To make restore calm, the coup closed the borders and imposed a curfew.

The soldiers who carried out the coup, loyal to former President Blaise Compaore, who resigned last year after violent protests.

He wanted to change the constitution to go for a third term.

Compaore was indicted by the Transitional Council for treason and fled to neighboring Ivory Coast in October. He was almost thirty years in power.


The United Nations (UN), the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) demanded last week in a joint statement the immediate release of Kafando and the members of his interim government.

The European Union joined thereby. ” The EU calls for the immediate release of the persons detained and to respect the transition and the public interest, “said foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

The interim government would be released Friday again so soon get the power back.


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