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President of Burkina Faso regains presidency

October 1st, 2015

 

The interim president of Burkina Faso, Michel Kafando, who was the target of a coup last week, returned to power on Sept. 23, 2015. Kafando was thankful for the swift intervention from other West African countries, namely those of Senegal, Benin and Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The coup was staged by allies of former President Blaise Compaoré, who was ousted in a mass uprising last October after his failed bid to extend his 27-year rule, according to The Guardian. Its intent was to derail forthcoming elections, in part because the interim government had decided to prohibit any of Compaoré’s allies from taking part in the elections.

Michel Kafando

The coup’s leader, Gen. Gilbert Diendéré, threatened to pull the country further into political crisis. Leading ministers are detained and violent clashes occur on the streets of the capital, Ouagadougou. Diendéré, and 13 others who have been suspected of involvement in the coup, have had their assets frozen; they are only able to withdraw 300,000 CFA ($512) per month for the next three months, according to BBC News.

 

After regaining power, Mr. Kafando said, “We are proud of the mobilization and fearlessness of the Burkinabé people, especially its youth, whose unwavering determination helped to stop the usurpation.”

 

Professor Suzanne Ondrus, from the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at John Carroll University, said, “The Burkinabe people have been building a new Burkina in this past year since they ousted Compaore, who was in power for 27 years. In this interim government, they have been working, not just passively waiting for elections. They have enacted many new laws and researched into cases of political murder and injustice.”

 

Editor’s Note: Information from The New York Times, BBC News, The Guardian and Professor Suzanne Ondrus was used in this report.