Burkina Faso: Coup Leader Appointed as Transitional President.

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Well-wishers and supporters of Burkina Faso’s coup leader Captain Ibrahim Traore gathered outside the National Assembly waving Burkina and Russian flags as Traore was appointed Burkina Faso’s transitional president in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, October 14, 2022.

Ibrahim Traore is officially Burkina Faso’s transitional president two weeks after he seized power in the country’s second coup this year.

On Friday, thousands of people crowded outside where the assembly was taking place to show their support for Traore, a 34-year-old army captain who was unknown before coming to power.

In attendance were army officers, civil society organizations, and traditional and religious leaders to approve a new leader for the West African country on Friday.

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It states that the head of the MPSR, the ruling military junta, is the president and supreme chief of the armed forces. But the charter also stipulates that the president is not eligible to run in elections at the end of the transition period.

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Traore has promised to stick to the agreement that his ousted predecessor already had reached with the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS. Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who left Burkina Faso for Togo after the coup, had agreed to hold a New Democratic election by July 2024.

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