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Burkina Faso's presidential guard ? loyal to the previous leader Blaise Compaore ? is refusing to disarm weeks after a failed coup prompted unrest in the country in the run-up to the presidential election, originally scheduled for October.

The coup was carried out earlier in September by the guard ? known as R?giment de S?curit? Pr?sidentielle (RSP) ? which detained interim president Michel Kafando, prime minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and two other ministers, and established a new National Democratic Council (NDC). General Gilbert Diendere, a former ally of Compaore, was appointed as its head.

Burkina Faso

Capital: Ouagadougou

Population: 16.9 million

Official language: French

Main religions: Islam, Christianity, Animism

Largest cities: Ouagadougou , Bobo-Dioulasso,
Koudougou , Ouahigouya , Banfora

Currency: West African Franc

Some analysts argued the coup was carried out after a commission suggested the disbandment of the RSP amid allegations it had fired on unarmed protesters during 2014 protests spurred as Comparore sought to change the constitution to be able to run in the 2015 election after 27 years in power.

RSP also said it was unhappy with the ban on candidates who were close to Compaore in the forthcoming October election. Rumours also spread that Compaore was behind the coup and the RSP tried to bring the former leader back to power.


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