Friday, September 18, 2015

Coup d'état!

JEDDAH--The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the reported military intervention today and the illegal arrest and detention in Ouagadougou of the President, the Prime Minister and some Ministers of the Transitional Government in Burkina Faso by elements of the Presidential Guard.

The Secretary General of the OIC, Iyad Ameen Madani, expressed grave concern at this serious development coming less than a month to the planned general elections to hand over power to an elected government.
He added, "Those behind this misadventure that risks throwing the country into an unnecessary political crisis, would be held to account." Madani described the coup d'etat and the hostage taking by the Presidential Guard as a "blatant violation of the constitution and the transitional charter." He called for the immediate and unconditional release of the detained leaders.

The Secretary General, while reaffirming the full solidarity of the OIC as a member of the International Follow and Support Group of the Transition in Burkina Faso, assured the internationally recognised Transitional authorities under President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Issac Yacouba Zida of the commitment of the Organisation to support the successful conclusion of the political transition. -end-

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