Burkina Faso’s cabinet has been dissolved.
Soldiers from the presidential guard interrupted a cabinet meeting on Wednesday evening and detained the country’s interim President Michel Kafando, the prime minister and two cabinet members.
[contextly_sidebar id=”r8G3kVzvZUlK64qCWu7nby5QhVL9GW13″]An officer said on state television that a new “national democratic council” had taken control to end the “deviant regime.”
The head of the Burkina Faso’s transitional Parliament, Moumina Cheriff Sy, in a statement condemned the action and described it as a “coup d’état.”
There was heavy shooting in the capital Oaugadougou.
The interim President Michel Kafando and interim PM Yacouba Isaac Zida were due to hand over power to a new government after elections on October 11.
Long-serving ruler Blaise Compaore was ousted in a popular uprising in 2014.