Crisis in Burkina Faso: Civilian transitional cabinet to govern for a year / Africa News


The protests in the West African country of Burkina Faso ebb off, now there is a plan for the political future of the country: After the military coup the power to be transferred to a transitional government – followed by elections.

The seizure of power by the military attracted strong criticism, now Burkina Faso is slowly returning to normalcy: After the fall of President Blaise Compaoré, the parties have agreed in the West African country on a one-year transition period. In November 2015 there will be presidential and parliamentary elections, it said after crisis talks between representatives of the military, the opposition and civil society in a joint statement.

The discussions in a luxury hotel of the provincial capital Ouagadougou participated among other tribal representatives and religious leaders. In addition, the President of Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal mediated in an attempt to end the political crisis in Burkina Faso.

All parties involved in the crisis talks had agreed that a “significant civil personality” should lead the transition, it was in the final declaration – you have but there are some on anyone. It was not their intention to present “names,” said Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama. But he expressed confidence that “within days rather than weeks” a transitional government could be formed.

As interim head of state currently reigns supreme Isaac Zida. This said after the meeting only that it was “very good” run. He was hopeful that the people in the country “find a solution” soon. Ex-President Compaoré had resigned last Friday under the pressure of mass protests and fled to neighboring Ivory Coast. Then the military took power, but promised soon to launch a civilian transition process and. First, it had been called that new elections would be held within three months already.

Crisis in Burkina Faso:”We have not even buried our dead”

The hour-long meeting in Ouagadougou had first begun bumpy. Representatives of civil society and opposition between left incensed by the negotiations, because they feared that supporters of the ousted president could be involved in the transition government. “We have not even buried our dead and even arrogant people are to be brought back into office, who despises the people,” said a spokesman for the participating in the discussions civil society groups.

The leader of the largest parliamentary opposition group, Rose-Marie Compaoré, expressed similar critical. In between the steps a security personnel, but both sides could eventually be made to return to the negotiating table.

Meanwhile, a party colleague of ex-President Compaoré was arrested, it was said security sources said on Wednesday. Assimi Kouanda is therefore alleged to have called for demonstrations in Burkina Faso and threatened with his statements to public policy. The head of a support group for Compaoré to have been fixed.

The opposition had celebrated their protests against Compaoré in reference to the Arab Spring hopeful as “Black Spring”. During the demonstrations, including the Parliament building was set on fire and burned down.

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