Burkina Faso troops announce military takeover on state TV

AP , AFP , Monday 24 Jan 2022

Soldiers in Burkina Faso announced over state television Monday that they had seized power in the West African nation and dissolved its government and parliament.

Burkina Faso soldiers
In this image made from video, Burkina Faso soldiers walked outside the Guillaume Ouedraogo military camp in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 23, 2022. AP

They also said they had closed the country's borders and promised a "return to constitutional order" within a "reasonable time".

It was not immediately known where President Roch Marc Christian Kabore was, and the junta spokesman said only that the coup had taken place ``without any physical violence against those arrested, who are being held in a safe place, with respect for their dignity.''

He said the new military leaders would work to establish a calendar ``acceptable to everyone'' for holding new elections without giving further details.

The announcement on state broadcaster RTB capped a day of confusion over who was in control of Burkina Faso, once a bastion of stability in the region that has faced growing violence from Islamic extremists during Kabore's time in power.

The military coup is the third of its kind in West Africa in the last 18 months, creating upheaval in some of the countries hardest hit by Islamic extremists attacks

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