After launching a coup, soldiers loyal to ousted President Compaoré face conflict with the national army and activists on the street
The presence of coup leader General Gilbert Diendéré
, flanked by soldiers from the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle (RSP), to welcome West African leaders at Ouagadougou airport on 23 September casts further doubt on the negotiations to end the coup. Diendéré has apologised publicly for his role in the coup but as the leaders arrived the RSP was still moving around Ouagadougou and guarding the state television headquarters. RSP officers were blatantly breaking their commitment to return to barracks as part of the peace deal.
The previous day West African leaders had a backed the deal to end the coup in a extraordinary meeting chaired by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari
in Abuja. They agreed to fly to Ouagadougou to oversee the reinstatement of the civilian Interim President Michel Kafando on the following day. Kafando has told journalists he is back in the saddle but there are doubts about the future of the interim government and the rules for the national elections due next month.
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