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Burkina Faso’s coup leader named designated transition president

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The leader of the recent coup in Burkina Faso which ousted former military junta leader, Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, Captain Ibrahim Traore, has been unanimously named the country’s transition president until elections are held in July 2024.

A military spokesman, Captain Marcel Medah, who confirmed the development to journalists on Saturday, said the young Army Captain who led the West African nation’s second coup in eight months, was named the interim leader at a national forum held on Friday in the capital, Ouagadougou, with over 300 delegates drawn from political parties, social and religious groups, security forces, unions as well as people displaced by jihadist violence.

In his first address to the nation, Traore had promised that his junta will uphold a pledge made by Damiba for a return to civilian government by July 2024 at the latest.

The forum, according to the junta spokesman, discussed the country’s future before power is supposed to return to civilians and elected to name the 34-year-old Traore the transition leader.

“Captain Traore has just been unanimously designated president of the transition government by the national forum,” the junta spokesman said.

“The forum adopted article five of a transition charter which stipulates that the head of the Patriotic Movement for Preservation and Restoration (MPSR) assumes the positions of transition president, head of state and supreme chief of the national armed forces,” Medah said.

The forum also adopted an article in the charter which says the transition president‘s mandate ends with the inauguration of a president resulting from elections planned in 2024 and he is not eligible to stand in presidential, legislative and any other local elections organised to end the transition period.

Captain Traore, had, on September 30, led a group of disgruntled junior officers to stage the coup which toppled Damiba, who himself, had seized power in January, when he led a coup that removed elected president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

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Islamist jihadists kill nine in attack on Niger refugee camp

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Nine people have been confirmed killed by Islamist jihadists who attacked a refugee camp in western Niger Republic on Saturday night, local officials said.

The camp, according to the officials, housed refugees from neighbouring Mali who were displaced by the turmoil in the country.

“The toll from the attack is nine dead, one wounded and six missing,” an elected county official said.

“The attack was carried out by heavily armed terrorists who arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on the refugees before fleeing back to Mali,” he said.

A security personnel who also confirmed the attack, said it happened in the Tahoua region which lies in a zone bordering Mali and Burkina Faso, two countries that have been heavily hit by jihadist insurgency and has come under repeated attack since 2017 by armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

Jihadists attacks in the region since 2021 have led to the killing of hundreds of civilians and soldiers alike.

According to the United Nations, there are over 61,000 Malian refugees sheltering in Tahoua and nearby Tillaberi.

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Three killed in attacks on ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church

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An attack on an Ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church on Saturday has claimed the lives of three people, while an unspecified number were reported injured, according to a a religious media outlet.

The violence which erupted in southern Ethiopia, came on the backdrop of tensions in the Orthodox Tewahedo Church after some rebel bishops broke away from the body of the church and created their own synod in Oromia, the country’s most populous region.

The breakaway bishops have accused the church of discrimination and linguistic and cultural hegemony, saying congregations in Oromia are not served in their native language, claims rejected by the patriarchate.

Church-affiliated Tewahedo Media Center (TMC), in a report on Sunday, said two Orthodox Christian youths were killed, and another four people injured, when Oromia special forces attacked the church in Shashamene, which lies about 250 kilometers (150 miles) south of Addis Ababa.

The outfit later said there had been sniper fire on the church from nearby high-rise buildings that had killed a woman and injured others.

A statement issued by the Archbishop of Addis Ababa Diocese of the church. Abune Henok, described the incidents in the Oromia city of Shashamene as “shameful and heart-wrenching,” and urged the clergy and the faithful to wear black in protest, while calling for peaceful demonstrations at churches at home and abroad on February 12.

The World Council of Churches also issued a statement on Friday voicing its “deep concern” about the developments in the Ethiopian institution.

“We call upon all political leaders in Ethiopia to support the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in its efforts to achieve unity and peace among its members,” WCC general secretary, Jerry Pillay said in the statement.

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