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Burkina Faso coup leader wants country safe before holding polls

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Burkina Faso’s junta leader, Ibrahim Traore has said elections would only take place towards transition when he deems the country safe.

Currently the coup leader doesn’t find the country safe enough to hold elections after he seized power last year.

Traore had committed to organising a vote to restore civilian rule in 2024 but last week he announced the foiling of an attempted coup.

This was the latest attempt to oust interim President Capt Ibrahim Traoré with the military prosecutor saying four officers have been detained in connection with the incident.

It said the alleged perpetrators “had the sinister intention of attacking the institutions of the republic and plunging the country into chaos”.

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Over the weekend hundreds of Traore’s supporters rallied in the capital on the first anniversary of the coup.

They gathered at the Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou waving Burkinabe flags. Some held signs with pictures of Captain Ibrahim Traore.

The young coup leader told the state television in marking the anniversary, that there would be no elections until the country was safe enough for everyone to vote.

The prevailing insurgency in the country has killed thousands and displaced millions of people across Burkina Faso, and neighbouring Mali and Niger.

Burkinabe forces suffered one of their heaviest losses in months in early September with over 50 soldiers and volunteer fighters killed in clashes with militants.

Captain Traore came to power last year, ousting the leader of another coup who had overthrown president Roch Kabore eight months earlier.

The worsening security crisis fuelled by armed groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State triggered the military take-over.

Burkina Faso Junta foils coup attempt

Source: Africafeeds.com

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