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Ousted Burkina Faso leader in Togo after coup

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Togo's government confirmed that ousted Burkina Faso leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba had fled to Togo after a military coup. West African bloc ECOWAS plans to send envoys to Burkina Faso after troops toppled Damiba in the country's second putsch in nine months. Togo's Minister of Communication and government spokesman Akodah Ayewouadan said Damiba was in Togo as part of the country's commitment to "peace in the sub-region." "Togo, like ECOWAS, welcomes the fact that the spirit of peace has prevailed," the official said in a response to questions. The streets of Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou were quiet after a two-day showdown between military rivals. - AFP


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