Burkina Faso’s interim President Michel Kafando said he was back in charge and had restored a civilian transitional government after coup soldiers relinquished power.
Coup leader General Gilbert Diendere’s presidential guard, which stormed a cabinet meeting and took the president and other government members hostage, agreed to a deal with the regular army to avoid violence. Diendere was one of ousted President Blaise Compaore’s key supporters. Interim President Kafando returned to power capping a tumultuous week in Burkina Faso, where General Diendere and his supporters seized power last Wednesday just a month before a presidential election.
The election vote was organized after longtime leader Blaise Compaore was ousted last October in a popular uprising, with the transitional government led by Kafando slated to remain in power until that vote. Gen. Gilbert Diendere had reportedly sought refuge in the Vatican Embassy in Ouagadougou, the capital.