While promising a swift transition, Captain Ibrahim Traoré officially becomes president

Ibrahim Traoré is officially at the helm of Burkina Faso. This captain, who carried out a coup d’etat on Friday in a country that suffered two coups in eight months, was appointed president on Wednesday pending the appointment of a transitional president by the “National Assemblies”.

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

National meetings “well before the end of the year”

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

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

ECOWAS says it is “confident”

By overthrowing Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who came to power by force in January 2022, Ibrahim Traoré, 34, becomes the youngest head of state in the world. He takes the head of a war-scarred state since 2015, and has partly justified his coup by blaming his predecessor for “the continuing deterioration of the security situation.” Most of the territory escapes the control of the state, particularly on the side of the borders with Mali and Niger.

Ibrahim Traoré received a delegation from the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Tuesday, who came to assess the situation a few days after the coup. She left “confident”, according to former Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou, member of the ECOWAS delegation and mediator for Burkina.

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