THE Burkinabe army has sacked Burkina Faso’s democratically elected government. The change of government in the West African nation was announced in a televised broadcast Monday evening in a statement signed by Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.
Lt Damiba’s statement, read by Sidsoré Kader Ouedraogo, an officer of the Burkinabe armed forces, stated that former president, Roch Kabore, has been deposed, with his government and national assembly dissolved. He added that all the country’s borders are under lock and key.
The takeover, the statement continued, was executed out without violence, noting that those detained were in a secure location.
With the coup, Burkina Faso has become the newest West African nation to witness military putsch following the coups in Chad, Mali and Guinea.