A week after the junta ousted Roch Marc Christian Kabore from power, the Burkinabe junta announced the restoration of constitutional order.
A junta spokesman read a statement on television on Monday night announcing the approval of a “fundamental act.”
The 37-article document “lifts the suspension of the constitution”, which was imposed after the coup on January 24.
According to the document, it ensures the independence of the judiciary and presumption of innocence, as well as the basic liberties outlined in the June 2, 1991 Constitution such as freedom of movement and freedom of speech, in addition to securing power in the hands of the military.
Under the “fundamental act,” the junta officially named the Patriotic Movement for Preservation and Restoration (MPSR) “ensures the continuity of the state pending the establishment of transitional bodies.” A transition that was given no timeline so far.
It formally identified coup leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba as president of the MPSR. This role also encompasses “president of Burkina Faso, head of state (and) supreme leader of the armed forces” as Lit. Col. Cyprien Kabore, spokesperson of the MPSR, read.
ECOWAS has since sanctioned Burkina Faso by suspending the country from the West African group.
The Economic Community of West African States sent military chiefs to confer with Damiba on Saturday. On Monday, the ECOWAS mission headed by Ghanaian Foreign minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway arrived in Ouagadougou. He was joined by the UN’s special representative for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh Annadif.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore was overthrown after months of anti-government protests demanding his resignation.