President & PM of Burkina Faso ousted in a military coup

Sep 19, 2015 10:03 IST

Members of the Regiment of Presidential Security (RPS) on 17 September 2015 detained the transitional President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida in the capital Ouagadougou.

As a replacement, the RPS declared General Gilbert Diendere as the chief of the newly established National Democratic Council (NDC) that is set to oversee the governance in the country.

The military coup led to Burkina Faso’s suspension by the African Union (AU) and sanctions on the leaders of the RPS.

Further, it has also casted doubts on conduction of elections that are scheduled for  11 October 2015.

Diendere is considered one of the most important military allies of Blaise Comparore who was forced to resign on 31 October 2014 during mass protests.

Compaore ruled for 27 years after seizing power in a coup in 1987.

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