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Burkina Faso Army Captain Overthrows Military Government

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Burkina Faso Army Captain Ibrahim Traore has ousted military leader Paul-Henri Damiba and dissolved the government in the West African country’s second coup in eight months, he said in a statement read on national television on Friday evening.

Traore said a group of officers who helped Damiba seize power in January, had decided to remove their leader due to his inability to deal with a worsening Islamist insurgency.

Damiba had ousted former President Roch Kabore in January, in part for the same reason.

The statement said Damiba had rejected proposals by the officers to reorganise the army and instead continued with the military structure that had led to the fall of the previous regime.

National stakeholders will be invited soon to adopt a new transitional charter and designate a new civilian or military president.

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