The African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned the “unconstitutional change of presidency” in Burkina Faso after the second coup in lower than a yr wherein a group of junior army officers removed navy ruler Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.
“The chairperson calls upon the navy to right away and completely chorus from any acts of violence or threats to the civilian inhabitants, civil liberties, human rights,” the AU mentioned in a press release on Saturday, calling for the restoration of the constitutional order by July subsequent yr “on the newest”.
Earlier the regional bloc, the Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS) reaffirmed its “unequivocal opposition” to the coup.
The ECOWAS mentioned the coup got here at an “inopportune” time when progress was being made in the direction of a return to constitutional order.
“ECOWAS reaffirms its unequivocal opposition to any seizure or upkeep of energy by unconstitutional means,” the regional bloc mentioned in a statement shared on social media.
The United Nations has voiced concern concerning the scenario within the nation whereas the European Union denounced the coup.
“Burkina Faso wants peace, it wants stability, and it wants unity so as to battle terrorist teams and prison networks working in elements of the nation,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned.
The brand new navy chief, Captain Ibrahim Traore, promised to overtake the navy so it’s higher ready to battle “extremists”. He accused Damiba of following the identical failed methods as former President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, whom Damiba overthrew in a January coup.
“Removed from liberating the occupied territories, the once-peaceful areas have come beneath terrorist management,” the brand new navy management mentioned, including Damiba failed as greater than 40 per cent of the nation remained outdoors authorities management. Damiba’s destiny stays unknown.
The brand new rulers introduced the dissolution of the transitional authorities, suspension of the structure, and the closure of borders indefinitely. All political and civil society actions had been suspended and a curfew from 9pm to 5am was launched.
Faki, the AU chief, mentioned he was deeply involved concerning the resurgence of unconstitutional coups within the West African nation and elsewhere on the continent.
Uneasy calm in Ouagadougou
An uneasy calm permeated the capital, Ouagadougou, the place troopers in armoured automobiles and pick-up vehicles guarded the nationwide tv centre however site visitors slowly resumed on arterial roads.
Outlets slowly began reopening within the dusty and spread-out metropolis, the place pre-dawn gunfire on Friday across the presidential palace culminated within the newest coup, that has drawn vast condemnation.
Reuters reported that pictures rang out within the capital on Saturday whereas a massive convoy of closely armed safety forces was additionally seen driving by means of the centre of Ouagadougou.
Al Jazeera nevertheless, couldn’t independently confirm the stories.
In January, the AU suspended Burkina Faso from participation in its actions “till the efficient restoration of constitutional order within the nation”.
The brand new navy management introduced that it’s going to successfully restart the clock on the highway again to democracy, erasing a lot of the latest diplomacy between Burkina Faso and the ECOWAS.
“The Damiba administration had solely simply reached widespread floor with ECOWAS, agreeing to a transition timeline in July,” Eric Humphery-Smith, senior Africa analyst in danger intelligence firm Verisk Maplecroft, advised Related Press.
Burkina Faso’s former colonial ruler France advised its residents in Ouagadougou, believed to quantity between 4,000 and 5,000, to remain house, whereas the European Union expressed “concern” on the unfolding occasions.
America referred to as “for a return to calm and restraint by all actors”.
The landlocked state of Burkina Faso has been struggling to comprise insurgent teams, together with some related to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS).
Since 2015, the nation has change into the epicentre of the violence throughout the Sahel, with hundreds of individuals lifeless and about two million displaced.
In September, a very bloody month, Damiba sacked his defence minister and assumed the position himself.