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Military closes Burkina Faso’s borders after coup removes President Kabore

Many residents of the capital appeared pleased by the coup and celebrations were planned for Tuesday, but regional African leaders and international bodies have condemned the military takeover.

 

The Military junta that came into power on Tuesday in Burkina Faso Tuesday closed all borders, Persecondnews.com gathered.

The Military ousted the democratically elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

On Monday evening, dozens of soldiers declared on state media that a new organisation calling itself “the Patriotic Movement for Safeguarding and Restoration” had seized control of the country.

The announcement ended days of gunfire in the capital of Ouagadougou.

“Today’s events mark a new era for Burkina Faso. They are an opportunity for all the people of Burkina Faso to heal their wounds, to rebuild their cohesion and to celebrate what has always made us who we are: integrity,” said Capt Sisdore Kaber Ouedraogo.

Many residents of the capital appeared pleased by the coup and celebrations were planned for Tuesday, but regional African leaders and international bodies have condemned the military takeover.

The junta closed the borders, imposed a curfew, suspended the constitution and dissolved the government and parliament and said it would return Burkina Faso to constitutional order.

The soldiers said the overthrown president is safe, but did not reveal where he is being held. A publicly circulated resignation letter signed by Mr Kabore said he was quitting his office in the best interest of the country.

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