Burkina Faso: President And Premier Arrested

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida shaking hands with interim civilian President Michel Kafando. (Sia Kambou, AFP)

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida shaking fingers with interim civilian President Michel Kafando. (Sia Kambou, AFP)

Ouagadougou (Information24.com) – Troopers on Wednesday interrupted a cupboard assembly in Burkina Faso, detaining President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida, the radio station Omega FM reported.

In addition they arrested a number of ministers.

Kafando was chosen interim president in October after the ousting of Blaise Compaore.

Initially, Zida, the second-in-command of the presidential guard, had taken energy when Compaore fled to Ivory Coast on October 31 after huge demonstrations demanding an finish to his 27-year rule.

The African Union threatened Burkina Faso with sanctions until energy was handed over to civilians, and an settlement was reached on a transitional interval within the run-up to elections due in November.

Aline Niyonkuru


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