Burkina Faso: A new army commander on the throne

Soldiers announce removal of Burkina junta leader from office. Burkina Faso army rebels announce closure of borders and suspension of institutions. Burkina Faso army Captain Ibrahim Traore has ousted military leader Paul-Henri Damiba and dissolved the government and suspended the constitution and transitional charter, he said in a statement read on national television Friday evening” (CGTN Africa, 30.09.2022).

In Ouagadougou there been reports of a possible coup d’etat since earlier in the day. As the army and supposed “COBRAS” was in the streets. Where they shot in the Presidential Palace and sealed off the Prime Ministers house. They did also stop the National TV Channels broadcast and made people aware of the troops movement in the city.

Now it’s apparent that a new army commander, Captain Ibrahim Traoré is taking over. Earlier in the day it was speculated that the former failed coup-maker Col. Zoungrana would do it. Nevertheless, that has now been dismissed and like in January. The new Head of State announced the downfall of the predecessor for anyone to see.

Right now things are murky and uncertain. Everything will just be speculations, but this is the second coup d’etat in the same year. Captain Ibrahim Traoré is said to come from the Forces Spéciales (FS), which was only created by former President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on the 2nd June 2021. It is not like this unit was created long ago either and it was supposed to serve a purpose for the former President.

Now the same unit and possible army commanders has again decided to topple another head. This time it was Col. Paul-Henri Damiba who did a similar coup d’etat in January 2022. Its really compelling really and we can wonder how the new Head of State will defend their actions. Because, the previous one made his assessment and transitional period. Now that will stopped and another will come along.

One thing is for sure. It is one junta government to another one. One military head of state to another one. Burkina Faso isn’t seeing an elected government or a civilian one for that matter. No, it is just another self-anointed man on the top. Peace.

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