Burkina Faso Coup Leader Ignores Deadline To Step Down

Abena Agyeman-Fisher September 22, 2015

Burkina Faso protests

General Gilbert Diendere‘s (pictured below) deadline of surrendering by 10:00 GMT on Tuesday has passed, and now Burkina Faso‘s army is reportedly marching through the capital in order to position themselves for attack, reports BBC.

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Last week, Gen. Diendere staged a coup, deposing Interim President Michel Kafando and Gen. Gilbert DienderePrime Minister Isaac Zida just weeks before the two were about to transfer power in the October 11th elections.

The coup caused both a national and international outcry, with Burkinabes actively protesting in the streets.

And while both Kafando and Zida have since been released from detainment, the fact that Gen. Diendere is refusing to step down has caused the nation’s army to throw their weight behind the interim government.

Presidential Guard

Presidential guard members arrive at the Laico hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 20, 2015. Pro-coup demonstrators in Burkina Faso on Sunday invaded the hotel due to host talks aimed at hammering out the details of a deal to restore a civilian interim government and attacked participants arriving for the meeting, witnesses said. (Photo by Joe Penney/Reuters)

On the other hand, the well-trained presidential guard (pictured), who is loyal to former President Blaise Compaore as well as his replacement Gen. Diendere reportedly refused to agree to army chiefs’ terms.

Gen. Diendere says that he will not step down until the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is able to ensure that he and his peers involved in the coup receive amnesty. He is also demanding that the politicians who were involved in Compaore’s administration be allowed to run in the upcoming election, which has been rescheduled to November.

“Ready to surrender? We are not there yet…. We wish to continue the discussions and we say to all that we are ready to implement ECOWAS’ decisions,” said Gen. Diendere from an undisclosed location.

He also apologized to Burkinabes, insisting an apology is “the least we could do.”

Burkina Faso protest images

Anti-coup protesters erect roadblocks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 18, 2015. (Photo by Joe Penney/Reuters)

Burkina Faso protest images

Anti-coup protesters erect a barricade in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 19, 2015. (Photo by Joe Penney/Reuters)

Burkina Faso protests

Credit: Joe Penney

Burkina Faso protests

Credit: Joe Penney/Reuters

ECOWAS Chairman and Senegalese President Macky Sall along with Facilitator and Beninese President Boni Yayi will meet with other ECOWAS members in Nigeria on Tuesday.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will host the meeting in Abuja.

Since the coup, at least 10 people have lost their lives, and more than 100 have been wounded in street protests.

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Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: June 19, 2018


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