Military takes power in Burkina Faso
Sept.17, Ouagadougou : Military seize power in Burkina Faso, a West African nation. They took control of the airwaves confirming the coup just before the planned elections. It is reported that shooting occurred in the capital, Ouagadougou.
The announcement was aired on Thursday through national television and radio stating that the transitional government had been dissolved and the elite presidential guard unit of the military arrested the transitional president and prime minister.
The statement read by Lieutenant Colonel Mamadou Bamba criticised the electoral code, which blocked members of the ex-president's party to take part in the October 11 elections and the ex president is barred from running for the next elections.
French president Francois Hollande condemned the coup in the former French colony and have asked for immediate release of the interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida, who were detained at a cabinet meeting in the president palace on Wednesday.
The Oslo Times