Burkina Faso’s ex-president Kabore released from detention

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Burkina Faso’s ousted President Roch Kaboré has been allowed to return to his home in the capital, Ouagadougou more than two months after a military coup.

Kaboré was under house arrest in a ministerial villa in the capital since January when he was ousted in a coup led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba, who is now the head of state.

Damiba led a group of soldiers who deposed Kabore in January and following the coup, Kabore was detained and later resigned on Jan. 24.

A statement by the military confirms the release and adds that measures were being taken to ensure Kabore’s safety.

Last month, West African leaders asked the military government to free the ex-president and lay out a “more acceptable” timeline for a return to democracy than its current 36-month transition period, which was agreed upon internally after the coup.

So far, the government has resisted pressure from the regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to relinquish power in less than three years, saying its priority is to tackle insecurity across the country.



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