Michel Kafando returns to power in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s interim President Michel Kafando takes back power after being kidnapped last Wednesday by elite presidential guard

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Michel Kafando, Burkina Faso's interim President

Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando, who was taken hostage during a coup a week ago, announced on Wednesday that he has retaken power.

"I have returned to work. The transition is back and at this very minute is exercising the power of the state," he said in a briefing.

Meanwhile, the elite soldiers behind the coup came to terms with state troops to avoid any violance in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso, on Wednesday

According to the agreement between the elite presidential guard and the regular Burkina Faso Army, the presidential guard has agreed to leave the streets of Ouagadougou and return to their barracks, while loyalists will withdraw 50 km outside of  the capital center.

"They want to avoid clashes between soldiers. They are the ones who must protect the people and their belongings. I ask everyone to forgive," Mogho Naaba, the chief of the ethnic Mossi community told Reuters.

The presidential guard will head back to Camp Naba Koom and move their military supplies in 72 hours.

ECOWAS leaders approved a six-member delegation to Burkina Faso to watch the restoration of all interim political plans in the country on Tuesday.

Last Thursday, a military official broadcast over national television and radio that the transitional government had been dissolved and interim President Kafando was no longer in power.

TRTWorld and agencies