UN chief ''outraged'' by Burkina Faso detentions, calls for release

 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed outrage on Wednesday at reports of the detention of Burkina Faso`s president and prime minister and several ministers, calling for their immediate release. 

Reuters| Updated: Sep 17, 2015, 03:24 AM IST

United Nations: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed outrage on Wednesday at reports of the detention of Burkina Faso`s president and prime minister and several ministers, calling for their immediate release. 

The presidential guard burst into a cabinet meeting earlier on Wednesday and arrested the interim president. The move comes less than a month before an election to complete a transition back to democracy after a popular uprising toppled Burkina`s long-time ruler last year.

"The Secretary-General is outraged by reports of the detention of President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida of Burkina Faso," Ban`s press office said in a statement. "The Secretary-General calls for their immediate release. This incident is a flagrant violation of Burkina Faso`s Constitution and Transitional Charter."