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Burkina Faso Coup: Michel Kafando Reinstated as President

Burkina Faso President Michel Kafando. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Burkina Faso President Michel Kafando. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

(BBC) – Burkina Faso’s interim President Michel Kafando has been formally reinstated a week after the military takeover.

The ceremony took place in the capital, Ouagadougou, in the presence of several West African leaders who helped mediate an end to the crisis.

The presidential guard carried out the coup. Its leader Gen Gilbert Diendere admitted to local media that it had been “the biggest mistake”.

“We knew the people were not in favour of it. That is why we have given up.”

The presidential guard (RSP) is loyal to Blaise Compaore, the country’s long-time ruler who was ousted in a popular uprising last year.

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