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Government restored in Burkino Faso

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 01:01

The interim president of Burkino Faso is restored to power one week after the presidential guard staged a military coup. Diane Hodges reports.

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Government supporters cheer as interim president Michel Kafando is restored to power in Burkina Faso. He thanked them and promised to resume the work of steering the country toward democracy. SOUNDBITE: MICHEL KAFANDO, SAYING: "The unanimous condemnation of the coup reinforces our certainty that we are on the right path and that our cause is a just one." The ceremony comes one week after troops from the presidential guard stormed into a cabinet meeting and took Kafando and several other high-ranking officials into custody. The coup was staged just weeks before the country was scheduled to go to the polls for national elections. Kafando has led Burkina Faso since President Blaise Compaore was toppled in October of 2014 for trying to extend his 27-year-long rule. The coup's leader General Gilbert Diendere did not attend the ceremony. He later said he regrets the coup.

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Government restored in Burkino Faso

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 01:01