AU, ECOWAS take on Burkina Faso military coup

2022-01-26 08:23:56
AU, ECOWAS take on Burkina Faso military coup

The African Union and the West African bloc ECOWAS have condemned what they termed as power grab by mutinous soldiers in Burkina Faso.

Even as the major continent's blocs condemn the military seizure of power, more than 1,000 people gathered in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Tuesday in support of the coup that a day earlier ousted President Roch Kabore, dissolved the government and suspended the constitution.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, “firmly condemned the coup d’état attempt against the democratically elected president”.

Mahamat called “on the national army and security forces of the country to strictly adhere to their republican vocation, namely the defence of the internal and external security of the country”, a statement said.

On Tuesday, ECOWAS said it “firmly condemns” the coup in Burkina Faso and said President Kabore had stepped down under duress. “The situation in Burkina Faso is characterised as a military coup,” carried out on Monday “following (Kabore’s) resignation, obtained under threat, intimidation and pressure from soldiers after two days of mutiny,” the bloc said in a statement issued after a special summit.

The bloc has announced in a statement on Tuesday that following the military coup in Burkina Faso, an extraordinary summit will be held in the coming days to examine the situation.

Meanwhile, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said in a statement he “strongly condemns any attempted takeover of government by the force ofarms”, calling the events a coup. “Coup leaders must lay down their arms & ensure the safety of the

President and the protection of the country’s institutions,” he said in a Twitter post.

The army’s removal and detention of Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore after two days of unrest have sparked some celebration among anti-government protesters, and international concern after what was the fourth military coup in West and Central Africa in the past year.

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