Burkina Faso Appproves Three Year Transition Before Elections

Military government leader Damiba signs a charter outlining a transition process approved by a national conference.

Burkina Faso Appproves Three Year Transition Before Elections
Paul-Henri Damiba speaks during a televised address in Burkina Faso

 

 

A national conference in Burkina Faso has adopted a charter that will allow a military government that seized power in the West African state in the January to lead a three-year transition. According to media reports, the charter was approved and later signed by the military government leader the Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Henri

 

Sandaogo Damiba in the early hours of Tuesday after a day-long debate in the capital, Ouagadougou. Damiba, who did not speak during the signing, led the January 24 coup that removed President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. The coup, the fourth in 18 months in the West Africa region, had raised concerns of a backslide in

 

 

democracy in a region that was shedding its coup belt moniker. A commission that drafted the transitional charter had proposed a two and a half year transition, saying the military government had said it needed that time to stabilise the country and organise elections.

 

Hit by violence

Burkina Faso, alongside neighbours Mali and Niger, is struggling to contain attacks by armed fighters linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS), who have killed thousands of people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the West Africa Sahel area, rendering swaths of territories ungovernable and then weakening governments. Eddie

 

 

Komboigo, leader of one of the main opposition parties and runner-up in the 2020 presidential election, also welcomed the charter. It is true that not everyone is going to be happy with the transitional charter but it was the consensus that we reached, Komboigo said, urging the military government to also negotiate with

 

 

regional leaders and international partners so that all can agree on the length of the transition. Burkina Faso was suspended from the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union, which have both called for a speedy return to constitutional order. The United States has also halted nearly $160m in aid due to the coup.