African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat on Saturday denounced the “unconstitutional change of government” in Burkina Faso after army officers toppled the head of the ruling military junta, Paul-Henri Sandaugo Damiba.
The African Union said in a statement that its president “calls on the army to immediately and completely refrain from any acts of violence or threats against the civilian population, civil liberties and human rights”, calling for the restoration of constitutional order by July 2024. the latest.
Despite the condemnation of the African Union, reports have shown that calm has returned to the streets of the capital, Ouagadougou, following the military coup.
On Friday, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Henry Sandaugo Damiba was removed from power in a coup that replaced him with a young soldier, Ibrahim Traore (34).
Official television is still under siege by the putschists amid dispersed security forces backed by pickup trucks, armored vehicles and large numbers of soldiers.