South Africa calls for the release of captured Burkina Faso’s Officials

South Africa on Thursday called for the immediate release of Burkina Faso's Interim President Michael Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and other leaders who are detained by a presidential guard.

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“South Africa strongly condemns any attempt to seize power through extra-constitutional means or the resolution of political disagreements through the use of force,” said Clayson Monyela, spokesperson of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Kafando and Zidao as well as a number of Ministers of State were detained by a presidential guard Wednesday in Ouagadougou, the capital.

According to media reports, the presidential guard burst into a cabinet meeting and arrested the interim president and other leaders, fueling fear of a military coup. So far, the presidential guard has not given any explanation for its move.

“This incident is a serious violation of Burkina Faso’s Constitution and the country’s Transitional Charter,” Monyela said.

The South African government notes with concern political developments in Burkina Faso and appeals to the people and all political leaders in the country to refrain from any violent activities that may further undermine peace, security and stability in the country, he said.

“We urge all involved, including Burkina Faso’s security forces, to adhere to non-violence, and to debate issues in a peaceful and inclusive manner,” said Monyela. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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