First civilians arrested in Burkina Faso over September coup

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OUAGADOUGOU: Two political supporters of former Burkina Faso’s ousted president were arrested on Monday for their alleged involvement in a failed coup last month, police and other sources said. Leonce Kone, from former leader Blaise Compaore’s Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) party, and Hermann Yameogo from the National Union for Democracy and Development have been taken into custody, police said. They are the first civilians to be arrested in connection with a failed September 17 coup staged by the elite army force, the RSP, ahead of a disputed and delayed general election. Former banker Kone had been close to the brother of ex-president Compaore, and was president of the CDP after the strongman fled the country in October 2014 after 27 years in power. The son of Burkina Faso’s first president, Yameogo publically co-signed a declaration in support of the National Council for Democracy (CND), the ruling cabinet of Diendere’s short-lived military junta.

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