Captain Ibrahim Traoré promises a quick change, but officially becomes president

Ibrahim Traoré is the official leader of Burkina Faso. This captain, author of a coup on Friday in a country that has seen two coups in eight months, was named president on Wednesday pending the appointment of an interim president by National Assizes.

“The President of the Patriotic Protection and Restoration Movement (MPSR) assumes the functions of Head of State, Supreme Head of the National Armed Forces,” read a statement titled “Basic Law” Completing Burkina’s Constitution, “subject to the Adoption of an interim charter.” This statement was read by Captain Kiswendsida Farouk Azaria Sorgho, spokesman for the MPSR, the ruling junta, during a special on national television.

National meetings “well before the end of the year”

Captain Traoré assured on RFI radio on Monday that he would only take “current affairs” forward until the appointment of a new civilian or military interim president by “National Assizes”, which will bring together political, social forces and civil society and meet “long before.” should meet at the end of the year”.

The law, passed on Wednesday, stipulates that the MPSR is “the guarantor of national independence, territorial integrity, permanence and continuity of the state, as well as compliance with international treaties and agreements to which Burkina Faso is a party” “until the establishment of the transitional bodies”. The constitution that was suspended after Friday’s coup has been restored and applies to the Basic Law “with the exception of provisions to the contrary”.

ECOWAS appears “confident”

The overthrow of Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who himself violently seized power in January 2022, makes Ibrahim Traoré, 34, the youngest head of state in the world. He takes over as head of state in a state that has been at war since 2015 and partly justifies his coup by blaming his predecessor for “the continued deterioration in the security situation”. Much of the territory is beyond state control, particularly on the side of the borders with Mali and Niger.

On Tuesday, Ibrahim Traoré received a delegation from the Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which had arrived a few days after the coup to assess the situation. According to former Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou, member of the delegation and ECOWAS mediator for Burkina, she left “confidently”.

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