Captain Traore was appointed head of state following the coup that toppled Damiba amid increasing violence in the Sahel.
Captain Ibrahim Traore has been appointed president of Burkina Faso after Paul-Henri Damiba has been deleted in the West African country’s second coup in less than nine months.
The country of Sahel fall into political turmoil on 30 September after a group of officers decided to remove Damiba due to his inability to deal with a worsening armed insurgency, disbanding the transitional government and suspending the constitution.
Traore has been appointed “Führer, Head of the Supreme Armed Forces”, according to an official statement broadcast on national television by a military government spokesman, Captain Kiswendsida Farouk. Azaria Sorgho.
The statement said Traore would now be “the guarantor of national independence, territorial integrity… and continuity of the State”.
On Sunday, Damiba agree to resign after military officers announced his removal. He escaped to Togo.
In January of this year, Damiba together with the armed forces launched coup against President Roch Kabore and appoint himself as the transitional head of state.
He vowed to put the country’s security first.
Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been fighting a growing wave of violence attributed to militants allied with both al-Qaeda and the armed group ISIL (ISIS), which have claimed hundreds of lives and displaced two million.
‘Long live Russia-Burkina cooperation’
Meanwhile, delegates from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conducted a fact-finding mission on Tuesday and held meetings with religious and traditional leaders. influential and Traore.
Traore said the ECOWAS visit was to “contact new transition agencies” as part of regional support for Burkina Faso.
The coup was followed by protests against Francewhat was once a colony of Burkina Faso, and the appearance of Russian flags among protesters, led to speculation that the new leader could forge close ties with Moscow.
Protesters used slogans including “France get out”, “Don’t let ECOWAS interfere” and “Long live Russia-Burkina cooperation”.
The US has warned the military of the risk of an alliance with Russia, saying it condemns “any attempt to aggravate the current situation in Burkina Faso”.
“We strongly encourage the new transitional government to adhere to the agreed timeline for returning to a democratically elected, civilian-led government,” a State Department spokesperson said. at the beginning of this week.
Traore had previously said he would support a pledge that Damiba had given ECOWAS to restore civilian rule by July 2024.
On Saturday, the head of the African Union Moussa Faki Mahamat condemn “unconstitutional change of government” and called on the military to “refrain from any acts of violence or threats against civilians, civil liberties, human rights”.
He also called for the restoration of constitutional order “by July next year at the latest”.