Another blow to the fragile stability of Burkina Faso. President Roch Kaboré was arrested on Sunday night by mutinous soldiers and taken to an army base in Ouagadougou, the country’s capital. The arrest of the Burkinabe head of state occurred after a series of shootings and uprisings in various military barracks in the country on Sunday that the government called “riots” in an attempt to reduce the seriousness of it.
Despite the fact that several ministers assured that all state institutions were under control and that those responsible for the shooting were just a group of dissidents, the intense shooting around the presidential house and the momentary disappearance of the Burkinabe president increased suspicions that it was a coup.
Who is Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba?
The man who ordered the arrest of President Kaboré (on the right of the photo) on the night of Sunday to Monday and, possibly, the new leader of Burkina Faso.
Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba (left) is a senior infantry officer in the Burkina Faso Army. He is a graduate of a military school in Paris. He has a master’s degree in criminology from the Conservatoire Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) in Paris and a defense expert certificate in management, command and strategy. In 2021, he published the book West African Army and Terrorism, Uncertain Answers?
The French Embassy in Burkina Faso has sent a notice to all French citizens in the country asking them to stay home. Schools will remain closed until at least Wednesday. The curfew continues in the country, but few people are already paying attention to it. Tens of thousands of people in Burkina Faso celebrate the overthrow of Kaboré.