The military junta in Burkina Faso has seized power in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, after detaining the country’s democratically elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
The Patriotic Movement for Safeguarding and Restoration “has decided to assume its responsibilities before history”, Captain Sidsore Kaber Ouedraogo said.
The spokesperson for the junta said that the coup had taken place “without any physical violence against those arrested, who are being held in a safe place, with respect for their dignity”.
It is currently not known where Kabore is being held. The junta has also suspended the country’s constitution and dissolved the assembly. The coup in Burkina Faso, which was once a bastion of stability, was the third of its kind in the region in the last 18 months.