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African Presidents mediate over Burkina Faso coup

from BBC
A scene of the  military take over in Burkinfaso
A scene of the military take over in Burkinfaso

Two West African presidents are by now in Burkina Faso to mediate with the leaders of a coup.

The two West African Presidents, Senegal's Macky Sall and Benin’s Thomas Boni Yayi are on the Burkina Faso mediation mission.

The coup was announced after the presidential guard stormed a cabinet meeting detaining the country’s Interim President and Prime Minister.

The BBC says a close ally of ex-President, Blaise Compaore, has been named the new leader.

The United States, France and the African Union have condemned the takeover in the former French colony.
At least three people have been killed by the presidential guards, amid protests in the capital, Ouagadougou.

The influential Balai Citoyen Civil Society group has put the number of dead at ten.
An unknown number of protesters have also been detained.

The coup leaders imposed a night-time curfew across the West African state and have ordered the closure of land and air borders.

 


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