Burkina Faso: Army moves to disarm presidential guard

The army offered protection to the presidential guard behind the coup if they surrender their weapons.

Soldiers arrive to disperse members of Burkinabe organisation Le Balai Citoyen (Citizen’s Broom) during a demonstration outside the Hotel Liaco in Ougadougou. Picture: AFP.

OUAGADOUGOU -The army is converging in the capital Ouagadougou to disarm the presidential guard.

The army says it hopes to do so without bloodshed and has offered protection to the guard if they hand in their weapons.

The speaker for Burkina Faso's Transitional Parliament has rejected a proposed deal which includes an amnesty for the leaders of last week's coup.

There's a power struggle between parliamentary chiefs and coup leader Gilbert Diendere.

The deal was put forward by regional mediators after weekend talks.

The coup was carried out by allies of President Blaise Compaore, who was ousted in a popular uprising last year.

At least 10 people have been killed in clashes since Thursday.

The proposal suggests that anyone detained since the coup on 17 September is freed and an amnesty law for all events following the coup is put in place.

It also suggests that transitional, President Michel Kafando, be reinstated until the election in November.

Diendere wants to stay in power until an election.

Cherif Sy, the speaker of parliament, insists he is the interim head of state until Kafando is reinstated.