Burkina Faso president detained by mutinying soldiers
Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has been detained by mutinying soldiers Monday after heavy gunfire erupted around his residence in the capital Ouagadougou.
Roch Marc Christian Kabore was detained at a military camp, local sources said.
Kabore’s detention comes after mutinying soldiers seized a military base, fueling concerns about a military coup in the country, which has been engulfed in intense and continuous violence between various non-state armed groups and Burkina Faso’s army.
Kaboré has been the President of Burkina Faso since 2015.
He was the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso between 1994 and 1996 and President of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso from 2002 to 2012.
Kaboré was also president of the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) until his departure from the party in 2014. He founded the People's Movement for Progress party that same year.
Kaboré was elected president in the November 2015 general election, winning a majority in the first round of voting.
Upon taking office, he became the first non-interim president in 49 years without any past ties to the military. (ILKHA)