Burkina Faso awaits ‘good news’ end to coup crisis

By Editor   |   21 September 2015   |   3:14 am  

Kafando

Kafando

BURKINA Faso held its breath yesterday for a solution to the crisis triggered by this week’s coup after African mediators promised an announcement of “good news”.

Though the mediators led by Senegal’s Macky Sall said they would make the announcement early yesterday, talks at a hotel in the capital, Ouagadougou, showed no signs of wrapping up as they entered their third day.

Mediator Thomas Boni Yayi, Benin’s president, had said on Saturday that “all the actors” in the crisis would announce “good news”, hinting at a return to power of an interim government that has been in place since the October 2014 ouster of Blaise Compaore.

“Yes, a return to the transition,” Yayi said in response to a reporter’s question.

Tensions came to a head yesterday when dozens of supporters of the military coup stormed the Laico Hotel hosting the talks, chanting slogans and wrecking furniture.



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