Release of interim president pledged in Burkina Faso coup

Amidst gunfire, violence and uncertainty, a new leader has emerged in Burkina Faso. General Gilbert Diendere has declared himself ruler of the West African country after a coup.

General Gilbert Diendere promised to release interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Colonel Isaac Zida, who were arrested by presidential guard soldiers on Wednesday. He said the coup had the full backing of the regular army and he pledged not to interfere in legal cases against ex-President Blaise Compaore and former members of his entourage.

“I call on the people to remain calm so that we can continue on the path to inclusive and democratic elections,” he said.

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