Everything you should know about the military coup in Burkina Faso

There was a coup in Burkina Faso on Thursday morning.

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The country’s army has taken over government and have detained interim President, Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Zida.

Here’s everything you should know about the coup:

-The transitional government came into power after Blaise Campaore was overthrown with the help of a public uprising, in late 2014 after 27 years as leader of Burkina Faso.

-Members of the military showed up at the presidential offices on Wednesday, September 16, and barred the transitional leaders from leaving the premises.

-Soldiers detained Burkina Faso’s transitional president, prime minister, Yacouba Isaac Zida, and an unknown number of cabinet members.

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-Interim parliament speaker Cheriff Sy told French radio station RFI that a coup was clearly in progress, and called on the people to rise up in protest and defence of their nation’s democracy.

-On Thursday morning, Burkina Faso’s presidential guard announced that they had dissolved the country’s political institutions and set up a ‘National Democratic Council’ to end the ‘Deviant Regime’ in the country.
-Lieutenant-Colonel Mamadou Bamba appeared on national television to declare that the military had seized the country’s president and government leaders and was in control of the country.

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-Lt-Col Bamba said wide-ranging talks were being held to form a new interim government that would organise “peaceful and inclusive elections”.
-Shortly after, incidents of gunfire was reported on the streets of Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso.

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-The national elections of Burkina Faso, is scheduled to hold in a few weeks.
-The U.N. Security Council has unanimously demanded the immediate release of the president, prime minister and others being held hostage in Burkina Faso by members of the presidential guard.

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