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Burkina Faso coup leader takes office as interim president
News Briefs — Africa

Burkina Faso coup leader takes office as interim president

The military leader who led a coup in Burkina Faso, ousting Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, took office as the interim president today. Ibrahim Traore took an oath office in the nation's capital Ouagadougou, pledging to fight off jihadists and reclaim areas taken over by insurgents. Last month's coup led by 34-year-old Traore was the second coup in Burkina Faso in less than nine months. RELATED: Violence erupts in Burkina Faso after militants overthrow president Many civilians were frustrated with failures to prevent jihadist insurgents, who were blamed for killing thousands and forcing millions from their homes. Damiba seized power in January with promises to quell the insurgency. The United Nations said Burkina Faso is suffering from a humanitarian crisis, with...
Violence erupts in Burkina Faso after militants overthrow president
News Briefs — Africa

Violence erupts in Burkina Faso after militants overthrow president

Violence struck Burkina Faso’s capital after protestors and a group of soldiers mounted a coup and announced on state television it overthrew its president. Flanked by several soldiers, made the announcement Friday night that Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba was overthrown -- just under nine months after he led a coup also in the West African country. Damiba overthrew the democratically-elected president in January. Capt. Ibrahim Traore was announced as the country's new leader. Damiba's whereabouts were still unknown Saturday. Traore reportedly said the militants did not seek to harm Damiba, and are working on behalf Burkina Faso. The group says its coup is a response to a lax intervention from the government to address increasing violence in the country by Islamic extr...