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Burkina Faso president resigns

Burkina Faso’s self-declared new leader Ibrahim Traore arrives at the national television standing in an armoured vehicle in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso October 2, 2022. Photo: Reuters

The self-declared military leader of Burkina Faso, Captain Ibrahim Traore has accepted President Paul-Henri Damiba’s conditional resignation in order to avoid further violence following Friday’s coup.

According to the agreement, Traore agreed to seven conditions, including ensuring Damiba’s safety and the security of soldiers who supported him, as well as honoring promises made to the West African regional bloc to return to constitutional rule by July 2024, Reuters reports.

Traore previously stated that order was being restored following violent protests against the French embassy and days of fighting as his faction sought to destabilise the government.

There has also been splits within the army, with many soldiers seeking Russian support as the influence of former colonial power France wanes.

At least three separate videos shared on online on Saturday and Sunday showed soldiers atop armoured personnel carriers, waving Russian flags, while the crowd around chanted “Russia! Russia!”.

Traore’s team has called for a halt on attacks on the French embassy, after an officer said France had hid Damiba at a French military base and that he was planning a counter-offensive.

Following Damiba’s ouster on Friday, the French foreign ministry denied that the base had hosted him. Damiba also denied being at the base, claiming that the reports were a deliberate skewed of public opinion.

Writing by Muzha Kucha