September 17, 2015 / 9:12 PM / 4 years ago

Senegal, Benin presidents to mediate in Burkina Faso after coup

Members of the presidential guard look for protesters in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 17, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney

COTONOU (Reuters) - Senegal President Macky Sall, the current chairman of the West African ECOWAS bloc, and Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi will travel to Burkina Faso on Friday to mediate in the wake of a military coup, Benin’s foreign minister said on Thursday.

“The goal behind this is to achieve a return to normal constitutional life, freeing the president and prime minister who are hostages, and the liberation of all the ministers,” Saliou Akadiri said on Benin’s state-owned television.

Boni Yayi is ECOWAS special facilitator for Burkina Faso.

Reporting by Allegresse Sasse; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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