Reasons Behind General Diendere’s Coup in Burkina Faso

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The recent coup in Burkina Faso, led by General Gilbert Diendere and the Regiment of Presidential Security (RSP) is clearly a big blow to the fragile attempt by the country to return to the democratic road.

Definitely, no one with a good knowledge of the Burkina Faso politics, would doubt where the loyalty of General Gilbert Diendere lies. As a long-time aide to the deposed President Blaise Compaore, and the commander of the Regiment of Presidential Security (RSP) during Compaore’s rule, General Gilbert Diendere, a close friend to Compaore, was seriously suspected to have played a key role in the 1987 coup that weed out Thomas Sankara`s youthful life, at the expense of Blaise Compaore`s power thirst. Therefore, Diendé ré ‘s recent coup against the civilian government of the interim president Michel Kafando is seen by many as a blatant and reckless attempt to return Blaise Compaore to power and influence – a serious setback to the democratic journey set out by the country.

Although Blaise Compaore was removed from power and exiled to Cote D’ivoire, he still has enormous power in Burkina Faso. Nor did the dismissal of General Diendere from his military post after the fall of President Compaore, diminish Diendere`s power in the military. Both men still have exceptional connections and loyalty amongst the military. The attempt by the interim president Michel Kafando to disband the RSP ““ and the power base of General Diendere and Blaise Compaore for that matter ““ must not be underestimated as one of the main reasons why the RSP staged the recent coup against Kafando. With the political dilemma in Burkina Faso, many questions come to mind.

Is the recent coup by the RSP right or wrong? Whose interests are being protected by the coup plotters? Did ECOWAS take the right decision by insisting that the interim President Michel Kafando must be reinstated? Are there external forces / countries behind the recent coup in Burkina Faso? If yes, which and why? What is the best way to solve the present political debacles in Burkina Faso? Share your views.