MILITARY COUP

US condemns detention of Burkina Faso President Roch Kaboré

The military also announced the closure of Burkina Faso's borders.

In Summary

• Department of State spokesperson, Ned Price called on the country's military to step back, and address their concerns through dialogue.

• The US asked the military to return the country to a civilian led government.

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at the East Room for the first North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) since 2016 at the White House November 18, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at the East Room for the first North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) since 2016 at the White House November 18, 2021.
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The United States has condemned the arrest of Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kaboré by the military.

In a statement on Monday, Department of State spokesperson Ned Price called on the country's military to step back and address their concerns through dialogue.

The US asked the military to return the country to a civilian-led government.

"We condemn these acts and call on those responsible to deescalate the situation, prevent harm to President Kaboré and any other members of his government in detention, and return to civilian-led government and constitutional order," Price said.

He added that the US would be closely monitoring the situation as it called for restraint by all actors.

"We acknowledge the tremendous stress on Burkinabé society and security forces posed by ISIS and JNIM but urge military officers to step back, return to their barracks, and address their concerns through dialogue."

On Monday, the Burkina Faso military said it had seized power and overthrown President Roch Kaboré.

The announcement was made on state television by an army officer, who cited the deteriorating security situation for the military takeover.

Kaboré had faced growing discontent over his failure to stem an Islamist insurgency.

The army statement said Kaboré had failed to unite the nation and to deal effectively with the security crisis which "threatens the very foundations of our nation".

The statement was issued in the name of a group not heard of previously, the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration or MPSR, its French acronym.

The statement said that parliament and the government had been dissolved, and the constitution suspended but promised a "return to constitutional order" within a "reasonable time".

The military also announced the closure of Burkina Faso's borders.