Burkina Faso Disbands Presidential Guard After Failed Coup

Burkina Faso’s government agreed to break up the presidential guard that briefly seized power in a Sept. 16 coup before restoring the interim leadership.

The military unit, known as the regiment of presidential security, or RSP for its French acronym, has been dissolved and its soldiers will have to hand in their weapons, interim President Michel Kafando said in a decree read on state television late Friday.

An armed soldier of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) patrols outside the Hotel Liaco.

Photographer: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images

Kafando was reinstalled as interim leader on Sept. 23 after coup leader General Gilbert Diendere bowed to demands from West African leaders and mediators to allow the transitional government to return.

On Saturday, state prosecutor Laurent Poda said he froze the assets of Diendere and 13 other political and military figures suspected of being linked to the failed coup. The order also applies to four political parties, including the former ruling party of ex-President Blaise Compaore.

Mass protests last year forced Compaore to step down after 27 years in power.

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