Burkina Faso has been rusticated from the African Union because of the coup.
The African Union has suspended Burkina Faso and threatened to impose more sanctions because of the recent coup d’état in the country.
According to Reuter, soldiers from the elite presidential guard (RSP) stormed into a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and abducted President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Zida, disrupting a transition period due to end with polls next month. Gen. Gilbert Diendere, a former spy chief, was named junta head the next day.
The suspesion of Burkina Faso was contained in a statement from the Peace and Security Council of the African Union in a meeting held in Addis Ababa. The African Union gave the coup leaders 96 hours, or until September 22, to restore the transitional government or face travel bans and asset freezes.
Burkina Faso, whose citizens toppled President Blaise Compaore last year as he sought to extend his 27-year rule, had been seen as a model by pro-democracy campaigners across sub-Saharan Africa.
The coup has been condemned by several countries both within and outside Africa, including the United States of America and France.