President Roch Kaboré is seeking a second term

The West African bloc, Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) will meet virtually on Friday, January 28, 2022, to discuss the crisis in Burkina Faso, where army officers have deposed President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

The 15-member Economic Community of the West African States, which includes Burkina Faso, have already condemned Monday’s coup, which came as a result of deepening anger about Kabore’s response to violence by armed groups.

The 64-year-old was elected in 2015 following a popular revolt that forced out former President Blaise Compaore.

He was re-elected in 2020. But since last year, he has faced a wave of discontent about armed groups’ attacks that have claimed the lives of about two thousand people and forced a million and a half to flee their homes.

On Sunday, mutinies erupted in several army barracks a day after Police dispersed banned protests.



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