Burkina Faso president quits – level 3

07-10-2022 07:00

On Sunday, Burkina Faso president Paul-Henri Damiba conditionally resigned after last week’s coup. Last weekend, violent protests and clashes happened in the capital city Ouagadougou.

Self-declared military leader Captain Ibrahim Traoré agreed to seven stipulations from Damiba. They included to guarantee Damiba safety and security to the soldiers who supproted him.

Traoré said that Islamic violence in the country was worsening, and the country was facing an emergency in every industry, from security to health to infrastructure. He asked cabinet ministers to tackle the urgent problems faster, and some people feared his words suggested the country will get help from Russia.

According to a close family member, Damiba left the country on Sunday. The coup was the second military coup this year, after Damiba ousted former president Rock Caboret in January; it was the ninth coup since independence from France in 1960.

Difficult words: coup (a sudden violent overthrow of a government by a group of people), stipulation (a condition), oust (to force someone to leave a position of power).

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