African Union suspends Burkina Faso after coup | News

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The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) made public this Monday its decision to suspend Burkina Faso after the coup d'état was perpetrated on January 24 against the constitutional president, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, which makes it a the third country suspended by the regional organization after Mali and Guinea.


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The suspension of the African state by the regional entity comes a week after military forces overthrew Kaboré after protests broke out against the administration and its inability to confront jihadist violence.

The AU has detailed that this measure will be extended until the constitutional order is restored in this nation, which according to the coup leader Lieutenant Colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, the Constitution will be restored in that country when the people decide.

Burkina Faso had already been suspended by the Economic Community of West African States (Cedeao) although this entity failed to impose sanctions against the nation.

In this case, Cedeao sent a special envoy to Ouagadougou, the Burkina Faso, to hold talks with the military junta on behalf of the bloc.

The final blow came after a mutiny by soldiers alleging an increase in insecurity and a lack of resources to deal with this evil, which led to a request for the resignation of then President Kaboré and other Executive officials.

This occurred a few weeks after the forces that supported the then ruler arrested eight soldiers, including a commander, for an alleged plot to destabilize the institutional order.

It is worth mentioning that since 2015 Burkina Faso has suffered an increase in terrorist attacks attributed to Al Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which has caused fatalities and more than a million displaced people.

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