Burkina Faso has entered the international stage with two nationally announced coups in 2022. In January, the Patriotic Movement to Protect and Restore (MPSR), led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Henri Damiba, announced that it had overthrown the government of democratically elected President Roch kaboré.
“This movement, which brings together all components of the Armed Forces and the Security Forces, has decided to end the power of Mr Roch Christian kaboré January 24, 2022. A decision made with the sole purpose of mobilizing all forces to fight for territorial integrity, restoration and sovereignty.”
Côte d’Ivoire authorities claim that these Ivory Coast soldiers travelled to Mali to support the country’s UN mission, MINUSMA’s Ivory Coast contingent.
“Thanks to the professionalism of the Malian Defense Force and security forces, 49 Ivory Coast soldiers were established illegally on Malian soil. They were quickly arrested and their weapons, ammunition and equipment confiscated.”, colonel Abdoulaye Maiga explained to the Mali government.
Speaking on the issue in August 2022, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara expressed great optimism about the happy ending of the case.
Another hot topic for 2022 was the meeting of Accra Initiative member countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin.