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Burkina Faso’s Lt Col Damiba declared president by the constitutional council

Burkina Faso’s coup leader, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba has been declared president by the newly established Constitutional Council.

The council said, “Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, lieutenant-colonel in the national armed forces, president of the Patriotic Movement for Preservation and Restoration (the official name of the junta), is the president” of Burkina Faso.

The Damiba is yet to take the oath of office which they say must be taken “before the Constitutional Council”. He will assume office and lead in his new position until a constitutional leader is democratically elected.

The new president has reportedly out-doored commission purported to “draw up a draft charter and agenda, together with a proposal for the duration of the transition and implementation modalities” within a period of two weeks.

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The junta has been under pressure since the coup which resulted in the removal of president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore from office after series of protests against his leadership, especially in terms of the management of security issues.

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