Burkina Faso to swear in junta leader as president


Burkina Faso military leader Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba is due to be sworn in as the country’s president, just over two weeks after soldiers ousted President Roch Kabore in a coup.

Last week, the Constitutional Council, “having taken note” of Kabore’s resignation, declared Damiba, a 41-year-old army officer, president of Burkina Faso.

State television said people can expect the inauguration to be broadcast live from the Constitutional Council building on Wednesday morning.

Damiba led soldiers to oust Kabore, who had faced months of protests over his failure to stem a jihadist insurgency in the north and east of the country.

On Monday, Damiba travelled to the north of the country to meet soldiers and a government militia fighting jihadists, reported state TV.

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