Michel Kafando reinstated as president of Burkina Faso

Sep 24, 2015 10:02 IST

Michel Kafando was on 23 September 2015 reinstated as the president of Burkina Faso in the capital Ouagadougou.

The reinstatement was a result of an agreement reached between the RSP and the national army.

Kafando had been the interim president of the country, since November 2014, after the fall of Blaise Compaore regime.

He, along with the country’s Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida, was detained and overthrown from the position by the Regiment of Presidential Security (RSP) on 17 September 2015 in a coup.

During the one week interregnum, the RSP declared General Gilbert Diendere as the chief of the newly established National Democratic Council (NDC) to oversee the governance in the country.

However, the RSP and Diendere had to step down as they faced stiff opposition from the national army, citizens and international players including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

In the ensuing unrest after the coup, ten people were killed and scores were injured during their clash with the RSP.

About RSP

It is an autonomous secret service organisation responsible for security to the President. For long time, it has been considered as loyal to Blaise Compaore who ruled the country for 27 years after seizing power in a coup in 1987.

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