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A West African mission that went to assess Burkina Faso’s situation following the coup left Ouagadougou “confident” despite gatherings by demonstrators who criticised its visit.

The delegation on Tuesday met Capt Ibrahim Traoré, the military leader who on Friday overthrew Lt Col Paul-Henri Damiba, who came to power in a coup in January.

They met at the Ouagadougou airport where dozens of demonstrators were calling for more Russian cooperation and chanting anti-France and anti-Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) slogans.

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Former Niger president Mahamadou Issoufou, who was part of the Ecowas delegation as mediator, said they would stand by the Burkinabè people in the very difficult ordeal they were going through.

Over the weekend he had said the country was “on the brink of collapse”.

After initially opposing his removal from office, Lt Col Damiba agreed to resign on Sunday and left for Lomé, the capital of Togo.—BBC

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