Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba has been sworn in as Burkina Faso’s president, just over three weeks after he led a coup that overthrew democratically elected Roch Marc Christian Kabore. In a televised ceremony, Damiba swore an oath before the country’s top constitutional body to “preserve, respect, uphold and defend the Constitution”. No foreign representatives attended the ceremony in a small room at the offices of the Constitutional Council in the capital, Ouagadougou.
Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo led a group of military officers on January 24 in ousting then democratically elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. This was announced on state television