“Stop attacking French facilities” – new Burkinabé junta leader calls for calm

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Captain Ibrahim Traore waves to a crowd as he drives around Ouagadougou

Captain Ibrahim Traoré, Burkina Faso’s new military ruler, appeared on television after marching through neighborhoods in the capital Ouagadougou with heavily armed guards on Sunday October 2.

Traore, who is now the leader of the Patriotic Movement for Safeguarding and Restoration, or MPSR, the group that carried out the first coup in January, has remained silent about the fate of deposed leader Lt. Col. Paul -Henri Sandaogo Damiba.

In the address read by a spokesperson as he stood on the left, Traore assured the people that the situation in the country was under control, he also asked people to go about their daily business and to prevent looting and vandalism.

He specifically mentioned that attacks on French government installations must be stopped.

His remarks come in the wake of violent attacks on the French embassy in Ouagadougou, the photos and videos of which went viral on October 1.

Reports indicate that French companies have also not been spared as well as a French Institute in Bobo-Dioulasso and also the French military base – the base, it was alleged by a spokesperson for the army, welcomed the fallen leader.

The French foreign ministry, however, strongly condemned the acts of violence and rejected the allegation of harboring the ousted leader at their base or any facility.

ECOWAS and the African Union, the AU, strongly rejected the unconstitutional power grab and called for a return to the roadmap towards a civilian transition by 2024.

The underlying reasons for the September 30 takeover were the growing deterioration of security across the country.

The same reason was advanced by Damiba in January when he deposed the democratically elected Christian Roch Marc Kabore before the birth of the MPSR.

Damiba according to the Associated Press gave seven conditions before agreeing to resign but flew to Togo from October 2.

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