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Taiwan keeping close eye on Burkina Faso situation: official

Taiwan keeping close eye on Burkina Faso situation: official

Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) Taiwan is closely following developments in Burkina Faso, one of its African diplomatic allies, after the nation's presidential guard burst into a Cabinet meeting and took the interim president and prime minister hostage Wednesday, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday. "We've called for our nationals living in Burkina Faso to pay extra attention to personal safety and we will continue to watch closely the developments in the country," said Eleanor Wang (???), spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when asked about the issue. She said the motives of the guards who seized the interim leaders were not clear. "The Republic of China government hopes the incident will end peacefully as soon as possible," she added. Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida were detained by guards supporting ousted President Blaise Compaore, at the presidential palace in the capital Ouagadougou, foreign media reported Wednesday. The incident came less than a month before an election that was due to complete a transition back to democracy after Compaore was forced out of office by violent mass protests last October, when he attempted to change the Constitution to prolong his 27 years in office. Burkina Faso is one of Taiwan's three diplomatic allies in Africa. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-19 11:07 GMT+08:00