At around 17:30 GMT, the military putschists confirmed that President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré had been overthrown. This declaration, signed by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, “president of the Mouvement Patriotique pour la Sauvegarde et la Restauration [MPSR]” was read out on the Radiodiffusion Télévision du Burkina (RTB).
“In view of the deteriorating security situation and Roch Marc Christian Kaboré’s obvious inability to unite the Burkinabe in order to effectively deal with the situation and following the exasperation expressed by the nation’s various social strata, the Mouvement Patriotique pour la Sauvegarde et la Restauration has decided to assume its responsibilities and face history,” said Captain Sidaoré Kader Ouédraogo, who was wearing a blue beret. “The movement, which brings together all the defence and security forces’ components, thus decided to strip
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