Burkina Faso Army Asks Coup Soldiers to Disarm | Small Journal News

Burkina Faso’s army says its troops are moving toward the capital, Ouagadougou, with the intention of disarming the presidential guard that seized power in a coup last week.

A military spokesman, Captain Herve Ye, tells VOA’s French to Africa Service that the army has issued a communique asking the presidential guard to surrender and move to an army base near Nation’s Square, a public gathering place in the capital.

He said the army is waiting for a response from the guard, known as the RSP.

The RSP overthrew the transitional civilian government last week. Protests against the coup turned violent, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 100.

West African negotiators announced a plan Sunday to restore civilian authority but offer amnesty to the coup leaders.

Under the plan, elections set for October 11 would be held sometime before November 22.

General Gilbert Diendere of the presidential guard led the coup. He and other RSP members were angry that supporters of former president Blaise Compaore were to have been kept out of the elections.

Compaore ruled Burkina Faso for 27 years before being ousted in a popular uprising last year, after he tried to change the constitution to extend his presidency.

Source: Burkina Faso Army Asks Coup Soldiers to Disarm | Small Journal News

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