In Burkina Faso, Captain Ibrahim Traoré was officially appointed President

Captain Ibrahim Traoré, author of a coup on Friday September 30 in Burkina Faso, who has seen two coups in eight months, was formally inaugurated as the country’s president on Wednesday October 5, pending the appointment of an interim president “national meetings”.

“The President of the Patriotic Movement for Protection and Restoration [MPSR] assumes the functions of Head of State, Supreme Head of the National Armed Forces”means a declaration entitled Fundamental Act supplementing the Constitution of Burkina, “pending 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.

Captain Traoré assured on RFI radio on Monday that he would only ship “Current” until the appointment of a new civilian or military interim president “National Meetings” Bringing together the political, social and civil society forces that should come together “before the end of the year”, according to him. On Friday he overthrew Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who himself violently seized power in January 2022 by overthrowing President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

The law passed on Wednesday stipulates that “Waiting for the establishment of the crossing points”the MPSR “is the guarantor of national independence, territorial integrity, stability and continuity of the state, respect for international treaties and agreements to which Burkina Faso is a party”. The constitution, suspended after Friday’s coup, was restored and “applies unless otherwise stated” to the constitution.

The youngest head of state in the world

Ibrahim Traoré, 34, will become the youngest head of state in the world, ahead of Chilean Gabriel Boric, 36. 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 Damiba “the continued deterioration of the security situation”.

Regular attacks by armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) group have killed thousands and displaced some two million people. Much of the territory is beyond state control, particularly on the side of the borders with Mali and Niger.

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

Mr. Issoufou judged that the country had been “On the edge of the abyss” after a weekend of unrest and uncertainty over the acceptance of the coup by Lt. Col. Damiba, who initially opposed his sacking before eventually resigning and leaving the country on Sunday.

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Demonstrations also took place over the weekend against France and in favor of strengthening military cooperation with Russia, whose influence in several French-speaking African countries, including neighboring Mali, continues to grow. Buildings representing France’s interests, including the embassy in Ouagadougou, were attacked by the protesters.

At the end of the meeting with ECOWAS on Tuesday evening, Captain Traoré had assured that Ouagadougou would continue to honor his commitments made to ECOWAS under Mr Damiba, particularly in relation to the organization of elections and a return of civilians to Strom by July 2024 at the latest.

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The world with AFP

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