Michel Kafando, the interim President of Burkina Faso, who was taken hostage during a coup a week ago has reportedly said he’s back in power and has restored a civilian transitional government.

“I have returned to work,” he said in a brief speech to journalists at the foreign ministry in the capital yesterday. “The transition is back and at this very minute is exercising the power of the state.”

The breakthrough came on Tuesday night after marathon talks in Nigeria’s Abuja, where West African heads of state had sought to break the impasse fuelled by angry threats on both sides.

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