Africa

Burkina Faso’s president resigns

Move comes after military junta declares coup

Fatma Esma Arslan   | 25.01.2022
Burkina Faso’s president resigns Former Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore ( Abdülhamid Hoşbaş - Anadolu Agency )

DAKAR, Senegal 

Burkina Faso’s president resigned Monday, hours after a military junta seized power in a coup. 

In his handwritten letter addressed to the new junta administration, Roch Marc Christian Kabore wrote that after the events that took place since Sunday, he decided to resign from all his duties for the best interest of society.

The letter was shared by many accounts on social media.

Mutinous soldiers declared a coup Monday, announcing a series of measures, including the closure of the West African country's borders.

Lieut. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba went on live television with other members of the group, which called itself the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration, saying they decided to "put an end to the power" of President Kabore due to the "continuous deterioration of the security situation."

Kabore's detention

The declaration followed reports earlier in the day of Kabore's detention at a military camp by a group of soldiers, with the president calling on the officers to surrender in the best interests of the nation.

According to security sources and multiple media reports, Kabore was detained after gunfire was heard in some barracks in the capital Ouagadougou on Sunday.

The internet remains largely cut across Burkina Faso, according to internet monitoring body NetBlocks.

A group of people also took to the streets and attacked the offices of the ruling People's Movement for Progress party.

A nationwide curfew was declared from 8.00 p.m. to 5.30 a.m. local time Monday before the coup was confirmed, and educational activities were suspended for two days.

*Writing by Seda Sevencan

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