In Burkina Faso, the soldiers of Ibrahim Traoré regained power three days ago. Thus sounding the end of the short Damiba era.
In Burkina Faso, the putsches follow one another and resemble each other. This weekend, Ibrahim Traoré and his men regained power after several twists and turns. The soldier brought down Lieutenant-Colonel Damiba and is now at the head of the transition. The second only lasted nine months: not enough to give birth to a new system for Damiba, who had also played with fire. He had previously told his critics: “If you are really strong, make your coup and run the country as you want! »
In the end, Lieutenant-Colonel Damiba does not have the same fate as the soldiers in Mali or Guinea. However, the initial message was the same to leave a president deemed too inactive and to put the country back on track for the people. Except that Damiba will have failed to make President Kaboré forget and to relaunch his country.
What were they accusing him of? First of all to have taken the criticism without questioning himself. The soldier was a regular in the army – unlike Ibrahim Traoré who first followed a civilian career – and did not necessarily seem comfortable with the political apparatus.
Damiba, too sure of himself?
But even on the military ground, nothing seemed to have progressed. Faced with the terrorist threat, Burkina was waiting for resources. But the army recorded many losses and the lieutenant-colonel, who had become president of the transition, was far from his men. He probably did not measure the gap he was digging with the soldiers who felt abandoned.
Traoré will have to take things in hand on this ground. In particular, he will have to reconnect with his military base and provide the logistical and financial means to a slightly outdated army. Kaboré had been deposed mainly because of security problems. Damiba suffered the same fate.
Because in the ranks of the army, anger has continued to grow. Ibrahim Traoré did try to warn Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba of the danger that awaited him. But he didn't want to hear anything. Too intoxicated by power? Feeling despised, the military therefore took over the presidency of the transition on their own.
The military in power will now have to negotiate with sub-regional bodies, including ECOWAS, avoid sanctions and above all propose a credible transition schedule. Is a new wind blowing on Burkina, or do we take the same ones and start over?