Military Coup In Burkina Faso Puts Elections On Hold
A military coup in Burkina Faso ousted the transitional government, putting the much-awaited upcoming elections on hold.By Mari Jo Valero | September 18, 2015
Confusion and outrage. That's what Burkina Faso voters are feeling after a military-led coup threatened the promise of elections that could put the country back on the path to democracy.
General Gilbert Diendere led the coup against the transitional government Thursday after the assembly passed a law prohibiting supporters of the previous president, Blaise Compaoré, to vote in the upcoming elections on Oct. 11.
The country's former leader, interim President Michel Kafando, was taken during the coup then later released by the military Friday. Prime Minister Isaac Zida is still under house arrest, although Diendere has promised not to harm him.