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No Room for Ex Burkina Leader

Three days after Burkina Faso’s president of the transition was deposed and violent demonstrations erupted, calm was back in Ouagadougou Monday. Togolese authorities confirmed that ousted leader Damiba found refuge in Lomé. In a video posted on Facebook, the col. detailed why he left power. “In full awareness and responsibility, I abdicate my role as head of state, as transitional president, following a dialogue with the customary and religious authorities, with Captain Ibrahim Traoré and with the current president of ECOWAS”, Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba said. Coup leader capt. Ibrahim Traoré vowed to keep the 24-month transition timetable agreed on by his predecessor and West African leaders. Mediators from the Ecowas block are expected to head to Ouagadougou Tuesday. Burkina’s new strongman advocated a different work method, demanding a faster pace when meeting with cabinet officials.