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Burkina Faso's interim president says he is back in power 1 week after coup

  • Burkina Faso's transitional president Michel Kafando, left, next to Niger's President, Mahamadou Issoufou, right, during a official handover ceremony  in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Amid cheers and the national anthem, Burkina Faso's interim president took charge of the country again Wednesday a week after a military general and his supporters overthrew him and his transitional government. Interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida marked their return to power in an official handover ceremony in Ouagadougou. (AP Photo)

    Burkina Faso's transitional president Michel Kafando, left, next to Niger's President, Mahamadou Issoufou, right, during a official handover ceremony in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Amid cheers and the national anthem, Burkina Faso's interim president took charge of the country again Wednesday a week after a military general and his supporters overthrew him and his transitional government. Interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida marked their return to power in an official handover ceremony in Ouagadougou. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Burkina Faso coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere, rear right, salutes during a guard of honor standing next to Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, after he arrived at the airport in  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Burkina Faso's interim president declared Wednesday he is once again in charge of the country a week after a military general and his supporters overthrew him and his transitional government. Interim President Michel Kafando had been arrested by members of the presidential guard a week ago, and later sought refuge at the residence of the French ambassador. (AP Photo)

    Burkina Faso coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere, rear right, salutes during a guard of honor standing next to Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, after he arrived at the airport in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Burkina Faso's interim president declared Wednesday he is once again in charge of the country a week after a military general and his supporters overthrew him and his transitional government. Interim President Michel Kafando had been arrested by members of the presidential guard a week ago, and later sought refuge at the residence of the French ambassador. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Burkina Faso's transitional president Michel Kafando attends the official handover ceremony returning him to office in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Amid cheers and the national anthem, Burkina Faso's interim president took charge of the country again Wednesday a week after a military general and his supporters overthrew him and his transitional government. Interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida marked their return to power in an official handover ceremony in Ouagadougou. (AP Photo)

    Burkina Faso's transitional president Michel Kafando attends the official handover ceremony returning him to office in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Amid cheers and the national anthem, Burkina Faso's interim president took charge of the country again Wednesday a week after a military general and his supporters overthrew him and his transitional government. Interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida marked their return to power in an official handover ceremony in Ouagadougou. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

The interim president overthrown in a coup last week in Burkina Faso says he's now back in power.

President Michel Kafando is expected to lead the West African country until new elections can be held.

Gen. Gilbert Diendere and his supporters had launched the ultimately unsuccessful coup less than a month before elections to choose a new president.

Burkina Faso's army had stepped up the pressure on Diendere and his mutinous soldiers to cede power, threatening to disarm them by force if necessary.

The military said Wednesday it had reached an agreement with other members of Diendere's force overnight.

West African mediators from the regional bloc ECOWAS also had been pressuring Diendere.