Africa Update - September 2015 #3

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Burkina Faso:

On September 16th, elements of Burkina Faso’s military declared they were in control of the nation after presidential guards stormed a cabinet and seized President Michel Kafando, Prime Ministers Isaac Zida, and other government officials during a raid on Ouagadougou. Hours after their detention, an unidentified military official reported the group in control, calling itself the National Council for Democracy, had acted to end the deviant transitional regime. In addition, the military announced the country’s new leader would be former general Gilbert Diendere, an advisor to former President Blaise Compaore. Burkina Faso is scheduled to hold general elections on October 11th.

On September 16th, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for the release of President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida, and other government ministers of Burkina Faso. After reports of these leaders being detained by soldiers, Secretary-General Ban stated this is a violation of Burkina Faso’s constitution. Two days earlier, a commission reportedly suggested the dissolution of the presidential guard, the Regiment de Securite Presidentielle.

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