New Year, New Revolution in Africa: Burkina Faso Army announces today (Monday) that it has seized power after ousting the president Rock Mark Christian Cabora And dissolved the government and parliament.
A group of military personnel, who identified themselves as the “Patriotic Movement for Preservation and Rehabilitation”, appeared on state television tonight and announced the seizure of power and read a statement signed by Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henry Sandeogo. “The movement, which includes all parts of the army, has decided to end President Kabura’s post today,” said the junta’s spokesman, Captain Sidsura Cadre.
According to military officials, the decision to carry out the coup was made because of the deteriorating security situation and because of the president’s inability to unite the nation and respond to the challenge. As part of the measures, the state constitution was suspended, the government and parliament were dissolved and the state borders were closed.
The coup came a day after a group of soldiers began a revolt and seized several army bases demanding the ouster of army commanders and additional resources to combat the threat of Islamic militants from organizations affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS. There were also gunshots in the capital, Ogdogo, near the president’s residence.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. A tweet appeared on his Twitter account today calling on residents to stand up to the army’s attempts to seize power.
Soldiers appear on TV in Burkina Faso and announce that they have suspended the constitution, closed borders and dissolved government. pic.twitter.com/x8D6gxHcRG
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) January 24, 2022
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was quick to condemn “any attempt to seize power by force.” He expressed “deep concern” over the condition of the ousted president.
This is the fourth coup in the poor West African country since gaining independence from France in 1960 and the second coup since September 2015, when soldiers captured interim President Michel Cappando and Prime Minister Yaakov Isaac Zida, but they were soon reinstated.
Burkina Faso is now joining a series of countries in West and Central Africa where military coups have taken place in the past two years. In Mali, Colonel Asimi Goita ousted President Ibrahim Bovaker Keita in August 2020 and last year he led another coup against the civilian government. In Guinea, President Alpha Conde was overthrown in a coup last September, and Chad is ruled by a junta led by General Mehmet Idris Debbie, who seized power in April last year after his father, former President Idris Debbie, was killed on the battlefield.