ECOWAS suspends Burkina Faso following military coup
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Friday suspended Burkina Faso from the bloc following a Monday military coup that saw President Roch Marc Christian Kabore removed from office.
The suspension announcement was made following a summit by ten Heads of State of the bloc’s member nations owing to the fact that ECOWAS protocols strictly forbid military takeovers.
“The authority reaffirms its resolute commitment to upholding the zero tolerance for acceding power through unconstitutional means as enshrined in the 2001 ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good governance,” the bloc said in a communique.
President Kabore was ousted from office by Burkina Faso’s military after three days of anti-government protests. He was arrested by soldiers who blamed him for not prioritizing security in the region.
ECOWAS has since called for the immediate release of Kabore and other political figures currently in detention and re-establishment of constitutional law.
ECOWAS, in the communique, similarly highlighted that it would send a delegation to Burkina Faso to hold talks with the junta leaders.
Despite vowing that a civilian will replace Kabore, the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR), led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba, has not given a clear indication of when this might happen.
The junta de-facto leader officially addressed Burkina Faso residents on Thursday where he defended his actions for leading the military coup.