Saudi Minister of Education, Executive Vice President of Education Sector at Microsoft Discuss Cooperation in Educational Software    Saudi delegation highlights efforts made in societal and economic empowerment in WEF    Saudi Arabia arrests 12,358 illegals in a week    GASTAT: Census researchers to conduct field visits from 4 to 10 p.m.    5% of 16-year olds are illiterate in France: Report    ZATCA exempts scholarship employees, students from customs duties    Passenger is entitled to get free trip if taxi driver does not operate fare meter TGA answers FAQs about taxis activity    India, world's second largest telecom market, plans mega 5G auctions    Japan opens up to foreign tourists after two years    WHO: Nearly 200 cases of monkeypox in more than 20 countries    UAE, Turkey pledge to boost cooperation, sign trade agreement    NYC to add Asian American history to public school curriculum    Chelsea reach final agreement for sale of club to Boehly-led consortium    Supported by KSrelief: Emergency Center for Epidemic Disease Control in Hajjah provides services to 4,001 patients in a week    Ecuador supports Saudi Arabia's bid to host Expo 2030    HRH Crown Prince Consoles King of Jordan on the Death of the Father of Queen Rania Al-Abdullah    Saudi Press Report    Islamic University of Madinah Holds Competition for Best World Food    Coach Herve Renard pens new five-year deal after guiding Saudi Arabia to World Cup    Abdul Latif Jameel Motors celebrates 25 years of success in Saudi motorsports industry    UNHCR Delegation Visits KSrelief Clinics in Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan    Drug charges dropped against Shah Rukh Khan's son    Director General of Civil Defense heads Saudi Arabia's delegation to 7th Global Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia    Jeddah Season to conclude international shows "Cirque du Soleil" tomorrow    International Islamic Fiqh (Jurisprudence) Academy and Religions for Peace Foundation in New York sign a memorandum of cooperation    SG of Islamic Jurisprudence Complex Meets with President of Religious Freedom Institute in Washington    Geetanjali Shree's 'Tomb of Sand' becomes first Hindi novel to win International Booker Prize    Eating outside is cause of 50% of food allergies: SFDA    Saudi National Teams Continue Winning Gold Medals in Kuwait GCC Games    "Jeddah Jungle" to Receive Visitors with Favorite Animal Costumes Tomorrow, Friday As Part of Jeddah Season    General Bureau for Auditing, in Cooperation with WB, Concludes the "Transition to the Accrual Basis of Accounting" Workshop    'Film Saudi': Saudi Arabia rolls out 40% cash rebate program to boost film production    Film Commission Launches Financial Refunds Incentive Program with up to 40% to Support Saudi, International Film Production    Int'l Restaurants Attract Yacht Club Visitors with Unique Sea Views in Jeddah season    President of SAFF Meets with His Dutch Counterpart    Indians are getting fatter – and it's a big problem    Premier League approves Chelsea sale to Boehly consortium    Shoura members propose equal blood money for men and women, Muslim and non-Muslim    Ithra Participates in Cannes Film Festival with New Films to Support Saudi Talents    Saudi Aramco: London Championship to Witness Participation of World's Best Female Golfers    Saudi Arabia Heads to Cannes International Film Festival to Promote Country's Flourishing Industry and Support Emerging Talent on World Stage    President of SAFF Participates in AFC General Assembly Meeting    Bollywood actor's tweet reignited debate over Hindi as India's national language    Nothing wrong with a Muslim celebrating birthdays, says Saudi scholar    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addresses citizens and all Muslims on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



Burkina Faso military says it has seized power
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 25 - 01 - 2022

The military in Burkina Faso says it has seized power and overthrown President Roch Kaboré.
The announcement was made on state television by an army officer, who cited the deteriorating security situation for the military takeover.
Mr Kaboré had faced growing discontent over his failure to stem an Islamist insurgency.
His whereabouts are unclear, but the officer said that all those detained were in a secure location.
The coup comes a day after troops seized barracks, and gunshots were heard in the capital, Ouagadougou.
Earlier, the ruling People's Movement for Progress (PMP) party said that both Mr Kaboré and a government minister had survived an assassination attempt.
On Sunday, mutinying troops demanded the sacking of military chiefs and more resources to fight militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda.
The army statement said Mr Kaboré had failed to unite the nation and to deal effectively with the security crisis which "threatens the very foundations of our nation".
The statement was issued in the name of a group not heard of previously, the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration or MPSR, its French acronym.
Although read out by another officer, the statement was signed by Lt-Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who is believed to be the coup leader and a senior commander with years of experience fighting the Islamist militants.
The statement said that parliament and the government had been dissolved, and the constitution suspended, but promised a "return to constitutional order" within a "reasonable time".
The military also announced the closure of Burkina Faso's borders.
UN chief António Guterres condemned the coup and called on the military to "ensure the protection and the physical integrity" of Mr Kaboré.
The African Union and regional bloc, Ecowas, have also condemned the forceful takeover of power, with Ecowas saying it holds the soldiers responsible for the deposed president's well-being.
Earlier, the news of his detention was received with cheers and celebrations in Ouagadougou, reports the BBC's senior Africa correspondent Anne Soy.
Earlier video footage from the capital appeared to show armoured vehicles - reportedly used by the presidency - peppered with bullet holes and abandoned in the street.
Mobile internet services have been disrupted, though fixed-line internet and domestic wi-fi are working.
Mr Kaboré has not been seen in public since the crisis began, but two posts appeared on his Twitter account before the officer announced he had been toppled.
The later one called on those who had taken up arms to lay them down "in the higher interest of the nation". Earlier, Mr Kaboré congratulated the national football team on their win in an Africa Cup of Nations match.
It is unclear who posted the tweets.
Some security sources say the president and other government ministers are being held at the Sangoulé Lamizana barracks in the capital.
On Sunday, hundreds of people came out in support of the soldiers and some of them set fire to the ruling party's headquarters.
The coup comes a week after 11 soldiers were arrested for allegedly plotting to overthrow Mr Kaboré.
But discontent has been growing in Burkina Faso over the government's failure to defeat an Islamist insurgency in the country since 2015.
That escalated in November, when 53 people, mainly members of the security forces, were killed by suspected jihadists. And on Saturday, a banned rally to protest against the government's perceived failure led to dozens of arrests.
Mutinying soldiers made several demands, including: the removal of the army's chief of staff and the head of the intelligence service; more troops to be deployed to the front line; and better conditions for the wounded and soldiers' families.
Similar troubles in neighbouring Mali led to a military coup in May 2021 - one that was broadly welcomed by the public.
Burkina Faso is now the third West African country to witness a military takeover in recent years. Guinea and Mali have had sanctions imposed on them by Ecowas to press them to return to constitutional order. — BBC


Clic here to read the story from its source.