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A man holding a portrait of Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba. A man holds a portait of Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba who has taken the reins of the country in Ouagadougou, Jan. 25, 2022 (AP photo by Sophie Garcia).

Burkina Faso’s Coup Is Deja Vu All Over Again

Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

In the latest in a series of military coups in West Africa, a group of army officers in Burkina Faso has overthrown the government of President Roch Kabore. In a televised address on Burkina Faso’s state broadcaster on Monday, the group—which has dubbed itself “the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration,” or MPSR—said that it had deposed Kabore, suspended the constitution, closed the country’s borders and dissolved the government and the legislature. The group affirmed that Kabore remains safe and in good condition. 

The announcement came after two days of confusion and pandemonium in the capital, Ouagadougou, amid reports of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace and at military camps across the country. There had been conflicting accounts about Kabore’s whereabouts, with some indicating that he had been detained by the coup-plotters, while others claimed that loyal security forces had taken him to a secure location. Eventually, reports clarifying Kabore’s situation began to emerge, with local and international media reporting that he had “resigned.” ...

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