Burkina Faso coup leaders refuse to disarm, citing promise of protection

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The government on Monday accused the military general who was the leader of this month’s failed coup of derailing the disarmament of his supporters.

General Gilbert Diendere said his soldiers are under threat and need their arms for protection.

The setback for reconciliation in this West African nation comes days after the international community applauded the reversal of the coup when Diendere agreed under heavy pressure to return power to the civilian president he had overthrown.


The government lashed out Monday at Diendere’s presidential guard, disbanded last week after the short-lived coup. A statement warned that it was aware of the ‘‘mobilization of foreign forces and jihadi groups’’ to challenge the government.

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In an interview, Diendere said the presidential guard soldiers had not received the protections they initially were promised.

Burkina Faso’s transitional government has said that members of the elite unit found to have played significant roles in the coup are to face trial.

Associated Press