The authorities of Burkina Faso confirmed on Monday that they had requested the departure of French troops based in Ouagadougou within a month, the day after a request for “clarifications” from French President Emmanuel Macron, in this new episode of tensions between the two countries. Here is a reminder of events since the first military coup of 2022 in Burkina Faso.
On January 22, 2022, incidents broke out in Ouagadougou during demonstrations against the powerlessness of the authorities in the face of the jihadist violence that has ravaged the northern half of the country since 2015. On the 23rd, soldiers mutinied to demand the departure of the leaders of the army.
On January 24, soldiers announced that they had seized power and ousted President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba is the country’s new strongman.
Scenes of jubilation unfold in Ouagadougou, while France, the UN, and the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) condemn the putsch.