Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS mediator in Burkina, satisfied with ECOWAS visit

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In Burkina Faso, an ECOWAS fact-finding mission visited Ouagadougou on Tuesday 4 October. She met with traditional and religious leaders who mediated to avoid confrontation between the soldiers. The other meeting was with Captain Ibrahim Traoré on continuing the transition process to return to normal constitutional order.

With our correspondent in Ouagadougou, Yaya Boudani

After the calls for demonstrations and the barricades set up by the protesters against ECOWAS, the various meetings were held at Ouagadougou International Airport.

The risks of clashes within the army were very acute. If these clashes had taken place, the army would have split […]the uncertainty would have increased, chaos would have ensued “. This is former Nigerian President Issoufou’s analysis to hail the mediation of traditional and religious leaders following the coup d’état late last week. They played” an important and decisive role for a way out of the crisis ‘ he admitted.

According to Mahamadou Issoufou, Captain Ibrahim Traoré confirmed the further implementation of the July 2022 agreement. Among other elements of this agreement “ the missions of transition related to the reconquest of territory outside the control of the state, the resolution of the humanitarian crisis and the return to the democratic order “.

Mahamadou Issoufou says he is completely satisfied with this interview with Burkina Faso’s new strongman. “ We leave with confidence and I can assure you that ECOWAS will continue to support the people of Burkina Faso in this very difficult ordeal they are going through. “, concluded the ECOWAS moderator.

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Rare political and civic reactions

Three days after the coup and the seizure of power by Captain Ibrahim Traoré, the political class is discreet and awaiting the first announcements from the ruling junta, in particular on the continuation of the transition. The rare actors willing to speak out agree on one thing: the Burkinabe army has lost its cohesion, its strength, over time.

For Ablassé Ouédraogo, leader of the Le Faso party, the defense forces have a different duty to unite, to find unity to protect the country.

We make an appeal to Captain Ibrahim Traoré: If the army finds its unity and is ready to submit to the leadership of the politicians, Burkina Faso will return to the path of peace, stability and development. Trust needs to be restored […]

For Achille Tapsoba, a former minister during the Blaise Compaoré era, the country is in grave danger unless the army regains its unity.

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