A ‘Coup Within a Coup’ Leaves Burkina Faso in Uncharted Territory

A ‘Coup Within a Coup’ Leaves Burkina Faso in Uncharted Territory
Soldiers loyal to Capt. Ibrahim Traore are cheered in the streets of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 2, 2022 (AP photo by Kilaye Bationo).

Just eight months after seizing power in Burkina Faso, Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba conceded the presidency to his rival, Capt. Ibrahim Traore, in a countercoup. What the change in leadership will mean for Burkina Faso’s deteriorating security situation and transition back to democratic elections is unclear.

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