West Africa presidents meet on Burkina crisis


The presidents of Senegal, Togo, Benin and Nigeria were due to travel to Burkina Faso’s capital on Tuesday on a mission to negotiate the peaceful roll-back of a coup by presidential guard soldiers last week, Burkina Faso’s presidency said.

The heads of state were to travel from an emergency regional summit on the crisis being held in Nigeria, arriving in Ouagadougou around 7pm accompanied by the United Nations regional envoy in West Africa.

At the same time the head of Burkina Faso’s transitional parliament, who has declared himself the West African nation’s interim leader, issued a decree dissolving the elite presidential guard, which carried out a coup last week.
“The interim president of the transition … decrees … the Presidential Security Regiment is dissolved,” read the decree signed by Moumina Cheriff Sy.