Calm returns to Burkina Faso as soldiers leave capital

2015-09-24 20:25


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Ouagadougou - Soldiers in Burkina Faso withdrew from the capital overnight after a transitional government was reinstalled, marking the end of a week-long military coup.

Residents lined up at petrol stations and money machines on Thursday. Many went early to buy sheep at the market for slaughter in celebration of Eid al-Adha, known here as Tabaski, one of Islam's most important holidays.

During prayers, Muslim leader Aboubakar Sana called for peace and dialogue that would lead to free and fair elections. October elections were postponed in the wake of the coup, and have not yet been officially rescheduled.

Interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida were put back into power on Wednesday, a week after they were arrested by members of the presidential guard.

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