Captain Ibrahim Traore officially became the President of Burkina Faso. Two weeks ago, he had seized power in a coup d’état.
Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso): Captain Ibrahim Traore officially became president on Friday after a change of power in Burkina Faso. Two weeks ago he seized power in the country in a second coup of this year, but he will be ineligible to try his luck for the presidency in future elections.
A national assembly of military officials, civil society organizations and traditional and religious leaders on Friday approved a new charter for the West African country of Burkina Faso. The charter states that the head of the ruling military government ‘MPSR’ is not only the president, but also the supreme head of the armed forces. However, it has been clarified that he cannot stand for the post in future presidential elections.
The renewed coup in Burkina Faso has sparked fears that the country’s political chaos could lead to further violence by Islamist radicals in the region. Thousands of people have already been killed by jihadists linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) group.
On Friday, thousands of people gathered outside the assembly in support of 34-year-old Traore. Before coming to power, Traore was a relatively lesser-known face. Many waved Russian flags, saying they wanted Traore to do more with Russia than with France.
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