Barely a month after he overthrew democratically elected Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Burkina Faso’s military leader on Wednesday was sworn in as transitional president.
In a televised ceremony in the capital, Ouagadougou, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-henri Sandaogo Damiba took an oath before the country’s top constitutional body to “preserve, respect, uphold and defend the constitution”, the nation’s laws and a “fundamental act” of key decisions approved by the military.
Kaboré’s ouster was over the poor handling of a jihadist insurgency that spilled over from neighbouring Mali.
According to an AFP tally, more than 2,000 people have died, while the country’s emergencies agency said more than 1.5 million people have fled their homes.
The military promised to restore “constitutional order” within a “reasonable time” but has not given a timetable back to civilian rule.
Earlier this month, Damiba created a 15-person technical committee charged with proposing a timeline for a transitional government that will lead the country to elections.
The committee is expected to announce its proposal on how the country should return to democracy in a few weeks.