After the coup, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, Burkina Faso’s new strongman

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After a day of uncertainty in Ouagadougou, about fifteen soldiers announced yesterday evening on the national radio and television set that Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba had been removed from his post as president of the transition. Eight months after the previous coup, Captain Ibrahim Traoré succeeds the Lieutenant-Colonel at the head of Burkina Faso.

With our correspondent in Ouagadougou, Yaya Boudani

Ibrahim Traoré, was until then chief of artillery of the 10th Regiment of command of support and support based in Kaya. He takes the head of the Patriotic Movement for the restoration and saves it after the fall of Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba.

Enrolled at the University of Ouagadougou in 2006, Ibrahim Traoré graduated top of his class with his degree in fundamental and applied geology. Three years later, he then decided to join the Burkinabè armed forces. It was in 2010 that he was recruited for the 12th promotion of the Georges Namoano Military Academy in Pô, which houses the commando training center.

Already present during the previous coup

After two years of training, the young second lieutenant was assigned to the artillery regiment, based in Kaya in the Center-North region. In 2014, he became a lieutenant and, in 2020, he wears his captain’s stripes. Captain Ibrahim Traoré was appointed chief of artillery of the 10th support and support command regiment in Kaya last March by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.

Aged 34, he is one of the young officers who overthrew Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on January 24. Like these comrades, Captain Ibrahim Traoré is committed to the fight against armed groups. According to his relatives, he regularly visited his men on a security mission.

Those who knew him say he is a righteous man…

Abdoulaye Barry (military specialist) returns to the profile of Captain Ibrahim Traoré

►Also read: Coup d’etat in Burkina Faso: the reasons for the anger of the soldiers

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