The Rendon Group Snapshot Report – 28 September 2015

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Sparks Fly in Burkina Faso as Week-Long Coup Brings Fatalities and Suspension of AU Membership


Anti-coup protesters sing the Burkinabe national anthem in the streets of Ouagadougou. (Reuters)

This week’s snapshot focuses on the failed military coup in Burkina Faso. The weeklong coup claimed the lives of 10 and resulted in the country’s suspension from the African Union. Burkina Faso’s interim president and prime minister were reinstated, but plans to organize a general election have been delayed.

News summary of events during the week of 21SEP 15 – 28SEP15

  • 21SEP: Burkina Faso’s army chiefs and French President Francois Hollande ordered coup forces to lay down their arms. (AFP)

  • 21SEP: Coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendéré said he would stand down once political compromises brokered by West African leaders are put in place. (NYT)

  • 21SEP: The United States urged its citizens to to avoid traveling to Burkina Faso, and said that embassy staff are permitted to leave the country. (AFP)

  • 22SEP: Burkina Faso’s prime minister was freed, while interim president, Michel Kafando, remained at the residence of the French ambassador in Ouagadougou. (EFE)

  • 22SEP: EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called for coup leaders to lay down their arms immediately and “unconditionally.” (AFP)

  • 22SEP: Diendéré refused to allow his troops to return to the barracks, and instead said he would hand over power when requested to do so by West African leaders meeting in Nigeria. (AP)

  • 22SEP: Burkina Faso’s army warmed the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP), the elite troops behind the coup, that it has the means to attack them. (AFP)

  • 22SEP: The RSP agreed to return to their base and return positions they had taken in the capital, while the Burkina Faso Army agreed to withdraw troops from the capital and guarantee the security of those involved in the coup. (AFP)

  • 23SEP: Kafando was officially reinstated as interim president, and said his primary objective is to organize a general election. (AFP)

  • 23SEP: Interim Prime Minister Isaac Zida said the general election may be delayed by several weeks for “technical reasons.” (AFP)

  • 24SEP: Civilians celebrated the end of the coup as banks and service stations reopened in Ouagadougou. (AFP)

  • 25SEP: Burkina Faso held its first cabinet meeting since the coup. (AP)

  • 25SEP: Cabinet dissolved coup guards unit. (AFP)

  • 26SEP: Burkina Faso decided to freeze assets of the coup plotters. (AP)

Sample of Twitter handles tweeting about the Burkina Faso coup

  • @miko75011 – Michel Arseneult, Africa reporter for Radio France Internationale

  • @JoeBavier – Joe Bavier, West and Central Africa correspondent for Reuters

  • @ReutersFarge – Emma Farge, West and Central Africa correspondent for Reuters

  • @Hamza_Africa – Hamza Mohamed, Africa-based correspondent  for Al-Jazeera

  • @CynthiaOhh – Cynthia Ohayon, West Africa analyst for the Crisis Group

Sample of Third Party Validators regarding the Burkina Faso coup

Rinaldo Depagne, International Crisis Group

“ It is very depressing that a bunch of guys — not much more than 1,000 — can abduct not only the top of the state, but hijack the whole situation, hurting millions of people and dictating their will to everybody.”

  • Army seizes interim president in Burkina Faso coup, Financial Times, 17 September 2015

Pierre Engelbert, professor of African Politics at Pomona College

“[Burkina Faso] needed a healthy democratic transition and legitimate institutions to be able to consolidate and become one of the few governments in the region that would be accountable and democratic. Even though [General Diendéré] claims he wants a more inclusive system, the real effect is to weaken the country and make it more of a potential target for terrorist mobilization.”

  • Army seizes interim president in Burkina Faso coup, Financial Times, 17 September 20 15

Stephanie Wolters, analyst at the Institute of Security Studies in Johannesburg

“The worrisome thing is that it’s not just the presidential guard used based in the presidency that is involved in this attempted coup. It also seems like the rest of the presidential guard — which is based all over the capital Ouagadougou — is also focusing its efforts on clamping down citizen protests.”

  • The story of the elite presidential guard that overthrew Burkina Faso’s government, Quartz, 17 September 2015

Maja Bovcon, Africa analyst at Verisk Maplecroft

“A key aim of the coup was to derail elections that could have hamstrung the political clout of the military, including key players in the presidential security regime. The ouster may succeed in delaying the voat, at least for several months, and eventually allow allies of Compaore to at least contest the election.”

Eloise Bertrand, researcher at the University of Warwick and expert on Burkinabé opposition movements

“The [popular protests against the coup] demonstrated that the [presidential guard] did not have control over the vast majority of the country and would not be able to rule for long. It is the step in the right direction in the sense that the transition has been preserved…it shows that the Burkinabé people are still ready to defend what they fought for in 2014 and to prevent anyone from confiscating their revolution.”

  • How the people of Burkina Faso foiled a military coup, The Guardian, 25 September 2015

Sample of open source research conducted by TRG analysts related to the military coup in Burkina Faso

  1. Mediators in Burkino Faso Issue Proposals to End Strife

Media: New York Times

Byline: Herve Taoko

Date: 20 September 2015

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Mediators proposed ways to end a political crisis stemming from last week’s coup in Burkina Faso, just hours after the hotel where they were meeting on Sunday was stormed by supporters of the military.

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  1. Burkina Faso president back in power 1 week after coup

Media: Associated Press

Byline: Brahima Ouedraogo and Carley Petesch

Date: 23 September 2015

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso’s interim president triumphantly returned to power Wednesday, a week after his political demise had seemed all but certain following a military coup.

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  1. Is reversal of Burkina Faso’s coup a sign of things to come in Africa?

Media: Los Angeles Times

Byline: Robyn Dixon

Date: 23 September 2015

Burkina Faso’s interim president was formally ushered back into power Wednesday a week after being overthrown and arrested by the presidential guard, raising hopes that West Africa might be moving beyond such coups.

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  1. Burkina Faso Military Coup Overturned

Media: Wall Street Journal

Byline: Drew Hinshaw

Date: 23 September 2015

A weeklong military coup in Burkina Faso appeared to be overturned Wednesday as the country’s deposed civilian leader announced he was back in charge just hours after the renegade army general who seized power said he would return to his barracks.

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  1. Burkina Faso to freeze assets of coup plotters

Media: Associated Press

Byline: Brahima Ouedraogo

Date: 26 September 2015

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso is freezing the assets of the leaders of the coup launched earlier this month, the state prosecutor said Saturday. An investigation will determine who will stand trial for the short-lived rebellion, the prime minister announced earlier.

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