Burkino Faso Declares Michel Kafando Interim President

Michel Kafando, seen here in 2008, was previously Burkina Faso's ambassador to the United Nations
Michel Kafando, seen here in 2008, was previously Burkina Faso’s ambassador to the United Nations

Political and military leaders in Burkina Faso have chosen a former foreign minister, Michel Kafando, to be the country’s interim president.

The move follows the signing of a charter on Sunday mapping out a year-long transition to elections.

Mr Kafando was one of four possible candidates for the post, including two journalists and an academic.

The army took power after President Blaise Compaore was forced to resign on 31 October during mass protests.

Lt Col Isaac Zida, who declared himself head of the West African state, has pledged to hand over power to a civilian authority.

Negotiations

The transitional charter will see an interim legislative chamber and a transitional leader installed until elections are organised next year.

Mr Kafando, 72, was chosen by a special panel composed of religious, military, political, civil and traditional leaders.

Negotiations in the capital Ouagadougou continued into the early hours of Monday morning.

Mr Kafando’s first task will be to name a prime minister who will appoint a 25-member government.

Mr Kafando, a former foreign minister and previously Burkina Faso’s ambassador to the United Nations, will be barred from standing at the next election.

Col Zida has been under pressure to restore civilian rule
Col Zida has been under pressure to restore civilian rule

International bodies have threatened sanctions unless civilian rule is restored in Burkina Faso.

Col Zida’s attempts to suspend the constitution and crack down on dissent sparked fresh unrest late last month.

In a communique on Saturday, Col Zida said the constitution was back in force in order to “allow the start of the establishment of a civilian transition”.

Mr Compaore first seized power in a coup in 1987 and went on to win four disputed elections.

Tens of thousands of people protested in Ouagadougou in October against moves to allow him to extend his rule.

BBC

1 thought on “Burkino Faso Declares Michel Kafando Interim President

  1. I think the Burkina forces….can be relied upon to promise and strike an agreement with any party concerned…. and will fulfill it!!!… unlike some of our dear leaders in some of the east African region,.. who time after time,….will .promise something….and later they will swear to having not been in contact with the grieving party.!!!.. I tell u what…..In this East African region, some of our leaders only say the truth…by accident..not by design!!!….

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