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Burkina Faso Junta Removes Leader in Second Coup This Year

  • Ex-President Damiba had seized power in a January coup
  • Junta named new leader, saying jihadist violence had spread
Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba

Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg
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Burkina Faso’s ruling junta replaced its leader in a counter-coup and nullified a transition plan which sought to restore democratic order in the West African nation in mid-2024.

The junta known as the Patriotic Movement for Salvation and Restoration will hold on to power in the West African nation after replacing Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba over his inability to stem jihadist violence. Ibrahim Traore, a military captain, was named as the new president in a statement read on the state broadcaster, Radio Television du Burkina.