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Burkina Fasos coup leader insists staying on till elections

from BBC
Presidential Guard of the Bukinabe Army
Presidential Guard of the Bukinabe Army

Burkina Faso’s recent coup leader is insisting on staying in power until polls are held.
According to a document, seen by the BBC, Gen. Gilbert Diendere, made the proposal at talks brokered by West African mediators in the Capital, Ouagadougou.

Speaking Saturday, September 19, 2015, one of the mediators said a breakthrough had been made and a new transition government, to reinstate interim President, Michel Kafando, was in sight.

BBC West Africa reporter, Thomas Fessy, said the junta's proposal is unlikely to signal a return to power of the civilian authorities.

The junta, in their document, signed by Gen. Diendere and exclusively seen by the BBC, is insisting that the General should remain president until elections, currently due on 11 October.

The coup plotters’ insistence is a stark contradiction to the optimism shown Saturday by mediator, Yayi Boni, President of Benin.
President Boni had suggested that the presidential guard might give up power, our correspondent said.

Gen Diendere was Chief of Staff of former President, Blaise Compaore.
Mr. Compaore was deposed last October in a popular uprising in Burkina Faso.

At least 10 people have been reportedly killed in clashes since Thursday's coup.

The overthrow of the civilian Interim Government, carried out by the Presidential Guard, was widely condemned.
Meanwhile, Burkina Faso has been suspended from the African Union, because of the coup.


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