Consequent upon the military’s take over power in Burkina Faso on Thursday, the African Union has announced the country’s suspension from the group.
The coup, it was said has brought to a halt preparations for Burkina Faso’s first democratic election.
The AU’s decision came sequel to a meeting of the union’s Peace and Security Council held in Addis Ababa, the 54-member pan-African bloc said the country was suspended “with immediate effect” and that sanctions would be imposed if kidnapped Transition Authorities are not released immediately by the junta.
According to the Ugandan Ambassador to the AU, Mull Katende, “The Council decided in accordance with the instrument we have in place to suspend Burkina Faso from all activities of the Union with immediate effect.”
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Burkina Faso’s National Transition Council (CNT, interim parliament) Cherif Moumina Sy on Friday issued a statement wherein he declared himself as interim president.
The Speaker in a broadcast on a local radio station, Sy also ordered the surrender of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) which ousted the transition government led by interim President, Michel Kafando.
He urged the people of Burkina Faso to come out in large numbers at the “Place of the Nation” with the aim of declaring war against the soldiers he describes as “terrorists” and an “illegal force” that must be dismantled.
The self acclaimed Interim President equally charged the population to block all roads and streets, before starting to march towards Naaba Koom camp, the RSP headquarters.
This moves according to the self acclaimed Interim President was intended at teaching the putschists a lesson, even as he called on the army boss alongside other military commanders to play their role.
However in a statement released by the head of the National Council for Democracy (CND) Gen. Gilbert Diendere, the putschists announced the release of Kafando and the ministers.