Ousted Burkina president’s party demands for his release

Burkina Faso's newly elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore arrives in the Movement of the People of Progress (MPP) party's headquarters in Ouagadougou, on December 2, 2015 The party of Burkina Faso's president-elect Roch Marc Christian Kabore came first in the west African country's parliamentary vote but fell short of winning an absolute majority, according to official results announced on December 2, 2015. After securing 55 seats out of 127 in Sunday's election, Kabore's Movement of the People of Progress (MPP) must now seek coalition partners in order to form a government. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO

The party of ousted Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Thursday demanded his “immediate release” saying his house arrest is more like detention.

“January 24 – March 24: it’s exactly two months since the military coup d’etat and president Roch Marc Christian Kabore has no longer been free to move,” Alassane Bala Sakande, head of the People’s Movement for Progress (MPP), told a press conference.

The conditions of his house arrest had recently been “hardened”, he added.

“For us this is not a house arrest… He is only allowed one hour with his children, he cannot make a telephone call, accept the visits he wants. President Kabore is in detention,” said Sakande, who was the speaker in the national assembly before the coup.

The United Nations, African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), have already called for Kabore to be set free.

West African envoys visited Kabore last week and reported he was holding up well.

The 64-year-old was elected in 2015 following a popular revolt that forced out strongman Blaise Compaore, who came to power in a putsch in 1987.

Kabore was re-elected in 2020, but faced a wave of anger over a jihadist insurgency that has ravaged the impoverished West African country.

Under junta leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba a transitional assembly took office in Ouagadougou on Tuesday. 


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