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    Burkina Faso army troops stand guard outside the Guillaume Ouedraogo military camp in the country's capital Ouagadougou Sept. 22, 2015. | Photo: AFP

Published 23 September 2015

Interim President Kafando retook his seat in governmnet today, after reaching a deal with coup leaders Tuesday evening.

Leaders of Burkina Faso's military coup have handed power back to interim President Michel Kafando Wednesday, after they overtook the presidential palace and detained the president last week

“I have returned to work. The transition is back and at this very minute is exercising the power of the state,” said Kafando, reported local media.   

Burkina Faso's government has been in a precarious state since last week when the presidential guard took over the palace and detained the interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida. The following day, Gen. Gilbert Diendere, the head of the presidential guard, declared himself the country's new leader. 

The move was met with resistance by citizens, which led to violent protests in the street. It was also condemned by the Burkina Faso military and other government loyalists, as well as the international community, including the African Union.   

Army loyalists gave Diendere an ultimatum Monday, telling him to step down or face a military attack. 

A deal was signed late Tuesday between the two sides. Diendere agreed to stand down from the positions the rebels had taken in the capital Ouagadougou, while the army also agreed to withdraw its troops and guarantee the safety of the rebel presidential guard members and their families, according to reports by Mail & Guardian Africa. 

The attempted military coup comes just weeks before national elections were to take place on Oct. 11. The elections were seen as a means to stabilize the country, since they will be the first to take place since former President Blaise Compaore was toppled last October.

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