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Return to calm in the streets of Burkina Faso after the coup

Calm returned to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday, Ouagadougouthe day after a new coupthe second in eight months, which changed the government that runs this country weighed down by jihadist violence.

lieutenant colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba who came to power in January with a coup, was dismissed by military and replaced at the head of the board by Ibrahim Traoré, a young 34-year-old captain. Circulation resumed on Saturday morning on the main thoroughfares of Ouagadougou, blocked on Friday by the military, after a quiet night, AFP journalists noted.

an important safety device always surrounds national television, with vans, armored vehicles and numerous soldiers on foot or on motorcycles. Shops and gas stations also gradually reopened, as did some shops in the large market in Ouagadougou.

“Everything got worse”

In the streets, several inhabitants welcomed this new blow in a positive way. “Damiba failed. Since he came to power, areas that were at peace have been besieged. He took power and then betrayed us,” says Habibata Rouamba, a trader and civil society activist.

“In terms of security, nothing is going well, there are no results. Since Damiba took power, everything has gotten worse,” says Honoré Yonli, director of an organization of young entrepreneurs.

On Friday night, after a day full of shots in the neighborhood of the presidency of Ouagadougou, a fortnight of soldiers took the floor, shortly before 8:00 p.m. (GMT and local) on the set of the national radio and television.

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In their message they dismissed Colonel Damiba – whose fate remains unknown on Saturday morning – and announced the closure of land and air borders, as well as the suspension of the Constitution, the dissolution of the government and the Transitional Legislative Assembly. Also established a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

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The new head of the board, Captain Traore Until now he was the corps commander of the Kaya Artillery Regiment, in the north of the country, particularly affected by the jihadist attacks. “They are the same young officers who were already in the maneuvers during the first coup in January. It is an intramural coup. Damiba was abandoned by his base who felt betrayed. The issue will once again focus on the anti-jihadist struggle,” political analyst Drissa Traoré deciphers.

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