November 29, 2022

Officers overthrow Burkina Faso military ruler Paul-Henri Damiba eight months after he deposed President Roch Kabore

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Burkina Faso military ruler Paul-Henri Damiba was deposed on Friday and his government dissolved by a group of officers, the latest coup in West Africa where nations like Mali, Guinea and Chad have experienced coups in recent times.

Damiba overthrew President Roch Kabore in a coup only eight months ago, and the new leader who addressed the nation in a statement read on national television on Friday said that Damiba was overthrown due to his inability to quell uprising in the West African nation.

Traore announced the suspension of the constitution and transitional charter. He said that all borders had been closed indefinitely and that all political and civil society activities had been suspended.

On September 20, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, met with Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco.

The Ambassador congratulated President Sissoco on his unanimous election as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States and they discussed current security challenges facing the regional organization, to include instability in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali, and the need for strengthened governance institutions there. 

They also discussed their shared goals of combatting democratic backsliding in the region, maintaining pressure on military transition governments to ensure inclusive democratic transitions, and ensuring governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens.  

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