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Melly: 'Burkina Faso's Diendere not in a position to set amnesty conditions'

After a week-long crisis, Ouagadougou showed signs of normalcy with banks and service stations reopening, despite Thursday being a public holiday.

Burkinabes rejoiced in the capital Ouagadougou, a day after the military restored power to a civilian regime.

Several thousand residents gathered in the city's municipal stadium for prayers on the Muslim feast, Eid al-Adha. Others lined up at gas stations and money machines. Market places were busy with people buying food to prepare in celebration of the feast, one of Islam's most important holidays.

According to AP, Muslim leader Aboubakar Sana, called for peace and dialogue, during prayers, that will lead to free and fair elections. Prime Minister Isaac Zida announced on Wednesday that there would be a delay of several weeks before elections could be held. The elections were scheduled for October 11.

Soldiers in Burkina Faso withdrew from the capital on Wednesday night after a transitional government was reinstalled. General Gilbert Diendere acknowledged that people had been killed during the coup and took full responsibility for the consequences. At least 10 people lost their lives, with more than 110 wounded.

Burkina Faso's interim president Michel Kafando officially resumed power on Wednesday after a week-long coup by renegade troops, whose leader acknowledged it had been a "mistake" and that people were not in favor of it.

Coup leader General Gilbert Diendere expressed his regrets on Wednesday.

Kafando was reinstated to a standing ovation at a ceremony attended by West African leaders, along with Zida, his government and members of the transitional parliament.

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The fate of the elite presidential guard, who staged last week's coup, is still uncertain.

Paul Melly, a researcher at the British think tank, Chatham House, told DW that Diendere was "not in a strong political position to start setting conditions". "Diendere would be increasing the risk of being prosecuted if he started trying to set conditions in advance for an amnesty," he added.

The main demand of the coup leaders is still being debated.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the resumption of a political process on Thursday, but "called on all national stakeholders to exercise restraint and to ensure respect for the physical integrity and human rights of all Burkinabe citizens."

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