ECOWAS to hold extraordinary summit on Burkina Faso to examine situation

Captain Sidsoré Kader Ouedraogo, spokesman for the Burkina Faso junta, announcing on television on January 24, 2022 that soldiers had taken power and ‘put an end to the power’ of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré./Radio Télévision du Burkina

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced in a statement on Tuesday that following the military coup in Burkina Faso, a extraordinary summit will be held in the coming days to examine the situation.

“The ECOWAS notes that, despite calls from the regional and international community for calm and respect for constitutional legality, the situation in Burkina Faso is characterized by a military coup this Monday, January 24, 2022, following the resignation of the President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, obtained under threat, intimidation and pressure from the military after two days of mutiny,” the statement said.

The ECOWAS also “strongly condemned this coup by the military which marks a major democratic setback for Burkina Faso”.

In a press release on Tuesday, the South African Government said it agrees with the ECOWAS that soldiers should return to barracks and utilize dialogue with the authorities to resolve all problems.

There can never be a military solution to issues of this nature, dialogue and negotiation are the only means of resolving conflict and arriving at lasting resolutions, said the statement.

Burkina Faso soldiers said Monday on national television that they had seized power and put an end to the functions of President Roch Kabore. The Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR) took power, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.

Burkina Faso’s air borders are reopened on Tuesday, the MPSR announced in a statement on Burkina Faso’s national television.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou on Tuesday. One demonstrator said they came out to show their support for the military. However, they were dispersed when they tried to move towards the Camp of Guillaume Ouedraogo in the city center.