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Burkina Faso’s coup leader Ibrahim Traoré has assumed the presidency, following last week’s seizure of power by military officers

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Burkina Faso’s coup leader Ibrahim Traoré has assumed the presidency, following last week’s seizure of power by military officers.

A statement read on national television said Ibrahim Traoré, an army captain, was also appointed Supreme Head of the Armed Forces.

The coup, the second this year, was triggered by an apparent disaffection with the failures of the previous military government to curb a spreading insurgency.

A delegation from the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, went to Burkina Faso on Tuesday, hoping to persuade the new leader to stick to earlier proposals to hold elections by mid-2024.

In another news, both sides in the two-year long civil war in northern Ethiopia have now agreed to attend peace talks this weekend in South Africa, following an invitation by the African Union.

Tigrayan rebels confirmed they would take part after the Ethiopian government confirmed its participation earlier yesterday.

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