Burkina Faso, the scene of a military coup on Monday, was suspended on Friday from the Community of West African States (ECOWAS), following a virtual summit of the regional organization, report medias.
The West African Heads of State have decided to meet next February 3 in Accra, Ghana to reassess the situation in that country.
ECOWAS has demanded the release of overthrown President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, as well as other arrested officials, said a participant in this virtual summit on condition of anonymity, quoted by the media.
The virtual summit also decided to send a mission to Ouagadougou on Saturday by the chiefs of staff of the ECOWAS armies, which will be followed on Monday by a ministerial mission.
The Accra summit, which will be held in the presence of the leaders of the region, will study the report of these missions to decide whether or not to impose other sanctions, as it did with Mali and Guinea, add the same sources.
ECOWAS had in a press release “strongly condemned the military coup”.
The president of the Patriotic Movement for Safeguarding and Restoration (MPSR), Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who seized power on Monday in a military coup in Burkina, said Thursday evening that his country has “more than ever needs its partners”.
“In these particularly difficult times for our country, Burkina Faso needs its partners more than ever. This is why I call on the international community to support our country so that it can emerge from this crisis as quickly as possible to resume its march towards development,” said Sandaogo Damiba in a speech read on Burkinabe national television.