Burkina Faso strongman Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba inaugurated as president

Written by on February 18, 2022

Burkina Faso strongman Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba was inaugurated as president on Wednesday, just over three weeks after he led a coup to topple elected head of state Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

In a televised ceremony, Damiba swore an oath before the country’s top constitutional body to preserve, respect, uphold and defend the Constitution, the nation’s laws and a fundamental act of key decisions approved by the junta.

Damiba 41, was dressed in camouflage uniform and a red beret and wore a sash in the colours of Burkina’s national flag.

The press, but no foreign representatives, attended the ceremony in a small room at the offices of the Constitutional Council.

On January 24, he led disgruntled officers to force out Kabore following public anger over his handling of a bloody jihadist insurgency. Since the first jihadist attacks in 2015, more than 2,000 people have died, according to an AFP tally, while the country’s emergencies agency says more than 1.5 million people have fled their homes.

Ango Bally


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