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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed deep concern over the ouster of the president in the West African country of Burkina Faso, the military's takeover of the country, and in particular the deteriorating security situation facing President Rosh Marc Christian Kabura. Armed factions overthrew the government on January 23.
The Secretary-General has strongly condemned the overthrow of the government by armed coup. He called on the leaders of the rebels to lay down their arms and ensure the safety of the ousted president and Burkina Faso's institutions.
In Burkina Faso, about a dozen soldiers announced on state television on Monday that they had removed President Rosh Mark Christian from his post and that the country had been taken over by the military. He said there had been no incidents of violence in the transition process.
Capt. Sudsoure Audraogo said the new army leaders would set a timetable for new elections in the country that would be acceptable to all.
Fighting was reported near the presidential palace in the capital, Ouagadougou, before reports of a military coup in Burkina Faso. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Reports on Monday said he had been taken into custody by troops along with some other members of his government.
The statement, signed by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Henry Sandago, stated that all detainees had been placed in a safe place. The statement accused President Kabura of failing to unite the country and failing to meet the country's challenges effectively.
Earlier, the party of ousted President Kabura had said that its leaders had survived an assassination attempt. However, no further details were given.
(Some of the content in this story was taken from the news agencies Reuters and AFP)
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