JUST IN: Burkina Faso Army Warns Ex-officials In Talks Over Transition

The military Government in Burkina Faso has warned ex-ministers not to leave the country during talks over the transitional period.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has been one of the most talked-about African countries for some time now. The latest news from the country makes it clear that the military that overthrew the country’s government has finally issued a warning to all the former ministers not to leave the capital or obstruct its officers during talks over how to return to democratic elections, one of the politicians present said.

Now to move on with this, the officers who call themselves the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR), deposed President Roch Kabore on Monday, saying his government had failed to contain worsening violence by armed groups.

The MPSR made it clear that it would propose a calendar for a return to constitutional order “within a reasonable timeframe” but has not elaborated on its plans for a transition.

Lieutenant Colonel Henri-Paul Damiba who is the MPSR leader met members of the overthrown government of Kabore on Wednesday, according to one of the ex-ministers presents, who asked not to be named.

Damiba then issued a strong warning to them not to do anything to obstruct the army or to travel outside the capital, but added that he welcomed any contribution they could offer to the transition, the former minister said.

The army also met a group of trade union leaders on Thursday in the capital, Ouagadougou.

“[Damiba] assured us that we will be consulted and included in what will be put in place,” said Marcel Zante, who heads an umbrella grouping of 130 unions.

“Now we are waiting to see what happens on the ground,” he added.

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