28 Jan 2022, 09:16

Burkina needs intl. partners 'more than ever': junta

 OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 28, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - The leader of Burkina Faso's new military junta called for international support in his first major public intervention Thursday on the eve of a regional summit that could seek to sanction Ouagadougou.
  "Burkina Faso more than ever needs its international partners. I call on the international community to support our country so it can exit this crisis as soon as possible," Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba said in televised comments days after leading the overthrow of president Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
  Heads of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are to confer on Friday over how to respond to Monday's military coup.
  Kabore was ousted by mutineering soldiers on the back of public anger at his failure to stem jihadist violence ravaging the vast west African nation.

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