Burkina Faso junta cautions ex-ministers against interference during transition talks
Former ministers in the administration of ousted Burkina Faso president Marc Roch Kabore have been warned by the leader of the country’s military junta against interference in talks over a transition to democratic elections, according to one of the officials.
The former minister, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said Lieutenant Colonel Henri-Paul Damida, who met the ministers on Wednesday, also cautioned them not to leave the capital Ouagadougou.
The former minister, however, added that Damida was open to any suggestions they could give towards the transition.
Kabore was ousted from office on Monday by military officers who call themselves the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR), accusing the head of state for failing to contain worsening violence by Islamist militants.
While the MPSR has not detailed its plans for a transition, it said it would propose a timeline for a return to constitutional order “within a reasonable time frame”.
The West African bloc ECOWAS was scheduled to meet virtually on Friday to discuss the crisis in Burkina Faso.
Kabore’s state and whereabouts have been one of the major concerns since the military takeover with the United Nations leading calls for his release.
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