Burkina Faso Coup Leaders Sign Deal to Hand Power to Interim President Michel Kafando

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Burkina Faso coup leaders on Tuesday signed a deal to restore interim president Michel Kafando and the entire interim government after close to a week of junta rule.

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The deal was signed a day after Burkina Faso Army entered Burkina’s capital Ouagadougou, forcing the Elite Presidential guard squad of Burkina Faso’s military (RSP) who staged the coup to sign the agreement.

With the impasse broken by the intervention of West African heads of states, interim president Michel Kafando could resume office on Wednesday 23rd September 2015, pending the elections scheduled for October 11th.

The RSP has agreed to stand down from the positions they had taken up in Ouagadougou, while the army also agreed to withdraw its troops.

Last Wednesday, RSP detained interim leaders who had been running the country since a popular uprising deposed President Blaise Compaore October.

The elite unit of 1,300 men loyal to Compaore officially declared a coup Thursday and installed rebel leader General Gilbert Diendere, Compaore’s former chief of staff, as the country’s new leader.

As the solved stalemate promises peace in Burkina Faso, it is important for military and human rights bodies to monitor the aftermath situation of the coup. It has not yet been estimated the military strength of RSP and the harm they can cause as long as they still remain loyal to deposed President Blaise Compaore.

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