Protesters waving Russian banners and flags gathered in Burkina Faso’s capital where West African envoy were meeting Tuesday to press the country’s most recent coup leaders to return the country to regular civilian rule quickly.
The gathering Tuesday in the capital, Ouagadougou, comes in the midst of fears that the second coup to hit Burkina Faso this year will additionally postpone democratic elections and a return of constitutional order.[irp]
Mediators from the West African countries coalition known as ECOWAS have proactively burned through a half year this year attempting to convince the past junta system which held onto power in January to focus on a schedule for new elections. Then, at that point, last week a group of fighters led by Capt. Ibrahim Traore ousted the break chief and proclaimed themselves in control.
ECOWAS has likewise been pushing for a return of democratic government in neighboring Mali for over two years. The alliance stiff financial sanctions however later lifted them despite the fact that new decisions have not yet been held.[irp]
“ECOWAS has little leverage or credibility now after the failure of its hardline approach toward Mali,” said Michael Shurkin, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a director at 14 North Strategies. “It was and is clear that the threat of sanctions gave neither Damiba nor Traore pause.”