Military in Burkina Faso confirms coup and dissolves government

The military in Burkina Faso has taken to the airwaves to declare it now controls the country, confirming that a coup has taken place weeks before national elections.

In the announcement aired on national television and radio, the statement said the transitional government had been dissolved.

The statement came a day after members of the elite presidential guard unit of the military arrested transitional president Michel Kafando and prime minister Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida.

Military in Burkina Faso confirms coup and dissolves government

Burkina Faso was due to hold elections on October 11 that many hoped would strengthen democracy. The transitional government came to power after the president of 27 years, Blaise Compaore, was ousted late last year in a public uprising.

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