The leader of Burkina Faso’s ruling junta, Lieutenant-Colonel Damiba, deposed by Captain Ibrahim Traoré but who refused to abdicate, finally agreed to resign on Sunday, religious and community leaders said, “in order to avoid clashes,” they said, two days after the coup.
In Burkina Faso, the head of the deposed junta, Paul-Henri Damiba, tendered his resignation on Sunday, October 2. This was accepted by religious and community leaders as well as Captain Ibrahim Traoré, Burkina Faso’s new de facto ruler, according to a statement.
“Following the mediation actions” carried out by these leaders between the two rivals, “President Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba himself offered his resignation in order to avoid clashes with serious human and material consequences”, indicated religious leaders. and community in the press release.
They specify that Paul-Henri Damiba “laid down seven conditions” to agree to resign, among which “the guarantee of the security and the non-prosecution” of the soldiers engaged at his side, “the guarantee of his security and his rights, as well as those of his collaborators” and “the respect of the commitments made” with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for a return of power to civilians within two years.
Religious and community leaders, very influential in Burkina Faso, say that Captain Traoré “has accepted” these conditions, and they “invite the population to calm, restraint and prayer”.
Tension was still high on Sunday in the streets of Ouagadougou. Tear gas canisters were fired from inside the French embassy in Ouagadougou to disperse protesters supporting self-proclaimed putschist Ibrahim Traoré, who ousted Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba, who himself came to power in January by a coup de force.
A few dozen demonstrators had gathered in front of the embassy, setting fire to protective barriers and throwing stones inside the building, on the roof of which French soldiers were positioned, when the gas was fired.
By: Mehdi Jabrane