Burkina Faso’s disbanded presidential guards have refused to disarm as agreed, after the 1,200-member unit staged an abortive coup earlier this month.

The regular military disclosed this on Tuesday to newsmen in Ouagadougou.

The Burkina Faso Army had been overseeing the disarming of the presidential guard over the weekend when opposition to the move arose, the military said.

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It would be recalled that the presidential guard under coup leader Gilbert Diendere , held interim President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Isaac Zida and two ministers, captive on September 16.

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Following pressure from the regular army and West African leaders, the coup leaders agreed to hand power back to civilian authorities.

The interim government was however, reinstated last week, and announced Friday that it was disbanding the presidential guards who opposed plans to be integrated into the army.

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Crisis in the west African nation began in 2014 after long-serving President Blaise Compaore was force out of office following massive protests against plans to extend his 27-year rule

dpa/NAN


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