Burkina Faso: International community condemns military coup

The military coup that toppled President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in Burkina Faso was widely condemned by the international community on Tuesday, with West African states announcing an extraordinary Summit “in the coming days”.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Tuesday “strongly” condemned the “military coup,” saying Kaboré’s resignation had been “obtained under threat, intimidation and pressure from the military after two days of mutiny.

Earlier in the day, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called for the “immediate release” of the former president and for a “rapid return to constitutional order.”

The same message from French President Emmanuel Macron, who “condemns the military coup”.

The regional anti-terrorism organization G5 Sahel (Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad), which is currently chaired by N’Djamena, also condemned “energetically this attempt to disrupt constitutional order” in Burkina Faso.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde joined ECOWAS in “condemning the attempted coup d’état in Burkina Faso” and urged all parties to find a peaceful resolution through dialogue.

China’s Foreign Ministry also reacted to the coup through state-affiliated media outlet Global Times, saying it was closely following the latest developments in Burkina Faso and “will do its utmost to protect Chinese nationals”. Beijing also called for “all parties in the country to peacefully resolve differences via dialogue and safeguard national stability”.

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