Captain Ibrahim Traoré officially appointed president

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

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

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

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

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Captain Traoré assured, on Monday, on RFI radio, that he will only expedite “current affairs” until the appointment of a new transitional civilian or military president by “National Assemblies” that bring together the political, social and civil society, which should meet “long before the end of the year,” according to him.

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

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The Law adopted on Wednesday specifies that while “it awaits the establishment of the transitional bodies”, the MPSR “is the guarantor of national independence, territorial integrity, permanence and continuity of the State, respect for international treaties and agreements to which Burkina Faso is having a party”. The Constitution, suspended after the coup, has been reestablished and “applies except for its provisions contrary” to the Basic Law.

The youngest head of state in the world

Ibrahim Traoré, 34, becomes the world’s youngest head of state, ahead of Chile’s Gabriel Boric, 36. He takes over as head of a war-torn state since 2015, and partially justified his coup by blaming his predecessor Damiba of the “continuous deterioration of the security situation”.

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

with AFP

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