Flanked by soldiers ,Captain Ibrahim Traore , an army captain in Burkina Faso, has announced on national television that he has ousted military leader Lt Col Paul-Henri Damiba. He also announced that the government dissolved, the constitution was suspended, borders were closed indefinitely and all political activities were suspended. The new military leadership announced that it will effectively restart the clock on the road back to democracy. Heavy gunfire was heard in parts of the capital Ouagadougou, forces loyal to Damiba clashing with those supporting Traore. This is the second coup the West African country has seen this year. Self-declared leader Captain Ibrahim Traore was installed by the same group of army officers who helped Damiba seize power in a Jan. 24 coup.
The African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned the “unconstitutional change of government” in Burkina Faso again. Earlier the regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) reaffirmed its “unequivocal opposition” to the coup. The United Nations also has voiced concern about the situation in the country. “Burkina Faso needs peace, it needs stability, and it needs unity in order to fight terrorist groups and criminal networks operating in parts of the country,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The United States called “for a return to calm and restraint by all actors”. Damiba’s fate remains unknown.