Captain Ibrahim Traoré officially appointed president

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According to a statement read on Wednesday evening, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, author of the latest coup in Burkina Faso, was appointed head of state and supreme head of the national armed forces.

Captain Ibrahim Traoré, author of a coup in Burkina Faso, which suffered two coups in eight months, was officially appointed president of the country on Wednesday 5 October, according to a statement, entitled Fundamental Act, which was read on national television.

“The President of the Patriotic Movement for Safeguarding and Restoration (MPSR) performs the functions of Head of State, Supreme Head of the National Armed Forces”, indicates the Fundamental Act, which completes the Constitution of Burkina “pending the adoption of a transition card “.

This statement was read by Captain Kiswendsida Farouk Azaria Sorgho, spokesman for the MPSR, the junta in power, during a special broadcast on national television.

Send “News”

Captain Traoré assured, on Monday, on the RFI radio, that he would only accelerate “the news” until the nomination of a new president of civil or military transition by the “National Assemblies” which will bring together the political, social and social forces civil, which will have to meet “well before the end of the year”, according to him.

On September 30, he overthrew Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who came to power by force in January 2022 by overthrowing elected president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

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The law adopted on Wednesday specifies that, “pending the establishment of transitional bodies”, the MPSR “is the guarantor of national independence, territorial integrity, permanence and continuity of the State, compliance with international treaties and agreements to which Burkina Faso is a party “. The Constitution, suspended after the coup, was re-established and “applies unless otherwise provided” to the Fundamental Act.

The youngest head of state in the world

Ibrahim Traoré, 34, becomes the youngest head of state in the world, ahead of Chilean Gabriel Boric, 36. He takes the head of a war-torn state since 2015, and has partly justified his coup by blaming his predecessor Damiba for “the continuing deterioration of the security situation”.

Regular attacks by armed groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) have killed thousands of people and displaced around two million people. Most of the territory escapes the control of the state, particularly on the side of the borders with Mali and Niger.

With AFP

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