Timeline from a year of political turmoil in Burkina Faso in 2022

The confirmation came a day after French President Emmanuel. Macron requeste “clarifications” in this latest episode of tensions between the two countries.

Here is a recap of the major political events that occurre in the Sahelian country. Since the first military coup in 2022.

On January 22, 2022, incidents broke out in Ouagadougou during demonstrations condemning the powerlessness of the authorities in the face. The jihadist insurgency that has ravage the northern half of the country since 2015. The following day, soldiers mutinied to demand the departure of army leaders.

Timeline from a year of political turmoil in Burkina Faso in 2022

On January 24, 2022 officers announce that they had seized power. Ouste President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba became the country’s new strongman.

Ouagadougou took to the streets to celebrate the regime change, while the UN. France and Community of West African States (ECOWAS) condemned the military takeover.

Timeline from a year of political turmoil in Burkina Faso in 2022

On February 10, 2022 Lieutenant Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba. Was declare president by the Constitutional Council and was sworn in on February 16.

From mid-March, deadly attacks by suspected jihadists increase.

In early July, West African leaders agree with the junta on a two-year transition. On August 11, 2022 Kaboré was allowed to travel abroad for “medical reasons.

New military takeover

On the evening of September 30, 2022 after a day of fighting in the presidential district, some fifteen soldiers announce that Damiba had been overthrown in favour of Captain Ibrahim Traoré.

Traoré takes the lead

On October 2, 2022 Damiba eventually accepts to resign after. Secure guarantees with Traoré and provide the new strong man respecte A return to civilian rule within two years. The curfew was lifted and the borders reopened.

On October 14, 2022, Ibrahim Traoré was name transitional president until a presidential election schedule for July 2024. He was inaugurated on October 21, 2022 setting himself the goal of “recapturing territory” lost to jihadist groups.

On October 28, 2022 several hundre of people demonstrate in Ouagadougou against the French presence in the country. On November 24, the army announced that more than 90,000 civilian volunteers had been enlisted to reinforce the fight against the jihadists.

Withdrawal of French troops

A letter from the foreign ministry, date Wednesday (Jan.18, 2023), ends the 2018 agreement under which French troops were statione in Burkina Faso, and sets a deadline of a month for their departure. The Burkinabe government confirmed the authenticity of the missive on Monday (Jan. 23, 2023).

On January 20, 2023 fresh protests took place in Ouagadougou with demonstrators demanding the expulsion of France’s ambassador to Burkina Faso Luc Hallade. They also asked for the closing of French military base in Burkina were 400 special forces troops are stationne.