The African Union condemns the putsch in Burkina Faso

The African Union condemns the putsch in Burkina Faso


The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), the Chadian Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Saturday condemned “the unconstitutional change of government” in Burkina Faso after the military coup that ousted the Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba. 

“The President calls on the military to immediately and totally refrain from any act of violence or threats to civilian populations, public freedoms , to human rights,” said the AU in a brief press release.

Finally, the chairperson of the AU Commission calls for “strict compliance with the electoral deadlines for a return to constitutional order no later than July 1, 2024”.

After a day peppered with gunfire in the capital Ouagadougou, a group of soldiers appeared on Burkinabè television to announce the dismissal of Colonel Damiba, replaced at the head of the junta by a 34-year-old captain, Ibrahim Traoré.

The new it junta suspended the constitution and dissolved the government and the assembly, without commenting on the timetable for the transition which had been the subject of an agreement with ECOWAS and provided for a return to power for civilians in July 2024.&nbsp ;