After a day of confusion and gunfire, Burkina Faso's Lieutenant Paul-Henri Damiba was removed from office Friday evening 30 September. Ibrahim ... Traoré, the country's new strongman is a member of the Kaya artillery regiment.
In this sort of relationship cartography being played out between France, Russia and the various African states, it is no surprise to see Mali’s Assimi Goïta and Central Africa’s Faustin-Archange Touadéra benefitting from Moscow’s good graces. Both countries host mercenaries from the Russian company Wagner on their soil and regularly attack French interests. Conversely, they find themselves especially targeted by France, which has lost the influence it long had in Bamako and Bangui.