Under pressure from part of the army, and after 48 hours of confusion, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba finally resolved to resign from his duties as president of the transition, this Sunday morning, October 2. . According to our information, the document was signed early in the morning, at 9 a.m. (local time), at the Ouagadougou air base. Arrived at the top of the State by arms on January 24, 2022 after have ousted President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, Damiba only remained in power for just over eight months.
This information was confirmed in the afternoon by a press release from religious and customary representatives who, since the day before, had been leading negotiations between soldiers. “President Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba himself proposed his resignation in order to avoid clashes with serious human and material consequences”, it is written. The document specifies that seven conditions were set by the outgoing Head of State, in particular compliance with the commitments made by Burkina Faso to the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the guarantee of its security, of his rights, of those of his collaborators and of the soldiers engaged at his side. “The President of the MPSR [Mouvement patriotique pour la sauvegarde et la restauration]Captain Traoré, accepted these conditions”, concludes the text.
Captain Traoré, chef from 10th Command, Support and Support Regiment (10th RCAS), based in Kaya, announced on Friday evening on the airwaves of Radiodiffusion Télévision du Burkina (RTB) that it would take the helm of the MPSR. At this time, it is not yet certain that he will remain at the head of the country. According to our information, discussions between soldiers are focused on this issue. Some young officers claim that Captain Ibrahim Traoré is “not interested in power” and “wants to return to combat”. The appointment by the military of a civilian president is not excluded.
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While the situation remains very confused and everyone is waiting for an official announcement, the leader of the putschists again appeared on national television around 12 p.m. (local time) this Sunday. “The situation is under control. Things are getting back to normal,” he said.