Deposed prime minister of Burkina Faso set free

Deposed Prime Minister of Burkina Faso Yacouba Isaac Zida released from prison, coup leader General Gilbert Diendere says

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Burkina Faso Prime Minister Lt. Col. Yacouba Isaac Zida , center, leaves a government building after meeting with political leaders in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Deposed Prime Minister of Burkina Faso Yacouba Isaac Zida has been set free on Tuesday, following state troops entering the capital Ouagadougou without resistance. 

The coup leader Diendere declared in a video record that “We accept to free Lieutenant-colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida to send a peaceful sign, as stated in the draft agreement. We commit to work for military cohesion.” He also apologized to Burkinians and said "they need to reach an agreement to avoid further bloodshed." The risk of any conflict would create “chaos, civil war and massive human-rights violations,”

Burkina Faso army sends an ultimatum to coup leaders of presidential guards to quit their arms until 10am local time after his announcement of giving authorities back to a civilian transitional government.

Army leaders also continue surrender talks with the elite presidential guard that held the coup.

Colonel Serge Alain Ouedraogo, deputy head of the Burkinabe police, spoke the AFP news agency “We must now secure the surrender of the coup leaders without gunfire or bloodshed,"

Meanwhile France's ambassador to Burkina Faso, Gilles Thibault, shared a message via twitter that the transitional President of Burkina Faso Michel Kafando was set free and he was now at the ambassador's residence.

Last Thursday a military official, broadcasted over national television and radio that the transitional government has been dissolved and interim president is no longer in power.

During the clashes in protests against military coup, more than 10 people have been killed and 113 injured.

Burkina Faso was getting ready to hold national elections on Oct. 11, which was considered to be a transition to democracy, after Blaise Compaore - who had been president for 27-year - was ousted in a public uprising late last year.


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