July 1, 2022

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ECOWAS suspended Burkina Faso following the dismissal of its officers

Burkina Faso, the scene of Monday’s military coup, was suspended from the West African Community (ECOWAS) on Friday following the organization’s virtual summit. Its heads of state will meet again in Agra on February 3 to reconsider the situation in the country.

One more butt, one more suspension. Economic Community of the West African States (Egovas) Decided to suspend on Friday 28th January Burkina Faso At the end of the organization’s virtual summit, its governing bodies, followed Military coup in Ouagadougou Monday. However, ECOWAS has not yet decided on other sanctions, but state leaders will meet in Agra on February 3 to reconsider the situation.

ECOWAS demanded the release of the ousted president Roche Mark Christian Cabore, Who are under house arrest, as well as other officers who were arrested, one person who attended the meeting told the AFP anonymously.

The virtual summit, which lasted about three hours, decided to send a mission from ECOWAS forces chiefs to Ouagadougou on Saturday, January 29, following which a ministerial assignment will take place on Monday, January 31.

On Monday, January 24, the people of Burkina Faso took to the streets in large numbers to celebrate their rule in Ouagadougou on January 25, 2022. © Olympia de Maismont, AFP

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The summit, to be held in Agra on February 3, will review the report of these works in the presence of regional leaders to determine whether or not to impose other sanctions. He did it for Malik And this In Guinea, the military also seized power.

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Burkina Faso’s military on Monday announced the removal of President Rochester Christian Gabor, the suspension of the constitution, the dissolution of the government and the National Assembly, and the closure of the country’s borders.

This regime is a new shock in Sahel, where Europeans, primarily France, are seeking to fight armed Islamic groups.

Curfew Order Relief

In his first speech since seizing power on Thursday evening, Burkina’s new powerful lieutenant-colonel Paul-Henry Santago Tamiba, Had announced on national television that he was in his country “Needs its partners more than ever”.

He acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Burkina Faso, but said that maintaining some independence was important.

Lieutenant-Colonel Tamiba, without mentioning the agenda, promised to “return to normal constitutional life” and “when the conditions are met”.

However, television announced on Thursday evening that it was reducing the curfew order: initially from 9pm to 5am, and it will run from midnight to 4am.

“A road map” with all the “living forces” of Burkina Faso

The people especially condemned the ousted president, Rochemark Christian Capore did not succeed in preventing a security breach Since 2015, especially in the north and east of the country.

Following Mali and Niger, Burkina Faso was caught in a vortex Violence against armed jihadist groups, Affiliated with Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group, which has killed more than 2,000 people and forced at least 1.5 million people to flee their homes.

Since coming to power, Lieutenant Colonel Tamiba has consulted with ousted ministers and the unions.

He urged former ministers not to leave Burkina Faso without recognition. To the unions, he promised to consult with them and engage them in change.

In his televised address, he vowed to unite all the “living forces” of the country for a “road map” aimed at addressing Burkina Faso.

Many organizations seem to want to work with him.

“We are interested in this army succeeding in stabilizing the country,” said the Sauvons le Burkina Faso Association, which has strongly demanded the resignation of Roch Marc Kaboré.

The former president, who was ousted from the streets in 2014 after 27 years in power, has been closely associated with the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP). The view that many opposition parties against Kapoor were “ready to applaud. Submitted to them by the military regime.”

Roland Biola, spokesman for the Coalition of African Patriots in Burkina Faso (COPA / BF), who called for protests against the crossing of a French military convoy across the country in November, urged ECOWAS to “focus on its sanctions against the people.”

The future of Kapoor

The question of Rochemark Kapoor’s future should also arise soon. Under house arrest, according to several sources, he is in good health and has a doctor at his disposal. On Thursday evening, the head of the military junta did not pronounce his name.

On the other hand, he ended his speech with a motto well known to Burkina Faso that the country was under former President Thomas Sankara: “Father country or death, we will win”. The trial of the killers of the leader who was killed in the 1987 coup is set to resume on Monday, January 31.

Despite its gold production, Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in West Africa, has been the scene of numerous coups since independence in 1960.

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With AFP & Reuters

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