FACT CHECK: Video Claims To Show Burkina Faso President After 2023 Russia Summit

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, claims to show Burkina Faso’s president after the 2023 Russian-Africa summit.

Verdict: Misleading

The video is from October 2022.

Fact Check:

Russia hosted a summit with African leaders, where they discussed the terminated grain deal and a path to peace, according to NPR. Among those leaders was Burkina Faso’s leader, Captain Ibrahim Traore, NBC News reported.

Social media users have been sharing a video claiming to show Traore returning from the summit. The tweet reads, “President of Burkina Faso Ibrahim Traore received an enthusiastic welcome upon his return from Russia.”

This video, though, is incorrectly captioned. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video is from October 2022. The video shows Traore parading through the streets of Ouagadougou. (RELATED: Pentagon Claims Last Time U.S. Used Cluster Munitions Was In 2003)

“The new self-proclaimed leader of the military junta ruling Burkina Faso, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, parades in the streets of Ouagadougou and hails the cheering crowd,” reads the description.

Traore overthrew the military government in September 2022, according to Reuters. A group of army officers, led by Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, had overthrown the previous president, and Traore had headed an artillery regiment after the coup, France 24 reported.

This video was first debunked by Misbar.

Social media users often spread misinformation by using incorrectly captioned videos and images. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video claiming to show a mass surrender of Ukrainian troops.

Elias Atienza

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