Presidential guard ex-chief is Burkina Faso strongman after coup

2015-09-17 12:37

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Ouagadougou (dpa) - General Gilbert Diendiere has been appointed the head of a military council that has taken power in Burkina Faso, making him the country's new leader, a spokesperson for the presidential guard announces on national television.

Frontiers have been closed and a curfew imposed from 19:00 to 06:00.

Diendiere headed the presidential guard under president Blaise Compaore, who ruled the West African country for 27 years until fleeing to Ivory Coast nearly a year ago.

Read more on:    blaise compaore  |  burkina faso  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.