"I swear to the people of Burkina Faso to preserve, respect, uphold and defend the Constitution, the Fundamental Law, and the other regulations of our country," Damiba stated.
No foreign representatives attended the swearing-in ceremony. Several hours before it, military forces set up a security device around the Council’s headquarters to limit the entrance into it.
The 41-year-old de facto President Damiba is a defense expert in command and strategy and holds a master’s degree in Criminal Sciences at the French Conservatory of Arts and Crafts.
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Thanks to UNICEF, children and their families have access to safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene at a reception centre for displaced families in Burkina Faso.#ForEveryChild, access to safe water and hygiene. pic.twitter.com/bUNLPxoPbO
On Jan. 24, soldiers under his command drove out President-elect Roch Kabore for his mismanagement of a Jihadist insurgency, which has already killed over 2,000 people and forced 1.5 million citizens to flee their homes.
Damibia and his Patriotic Movement for Preservation and Restoration (MPSR) set a military junta, which dissolved the government and the National Assembly, closed borders, and suspended the Constitution.
Pressured by other nations, however, the MPSR reinstated a few days later the Magna Carta and enacted a "Fundamental Act."
#FromTheSouth News Bits | A group of gunmen killed at least 138 civilians in Burkina Faso in the deadliest terrorist attack since violence erupted in the West African country in 2015. pic.twitter.com/ZXwSjIvgTY