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."