Government in Burkina Faso

  • How Buhari ensured democratic transition in Burkina Faso

    BURKINA FASO, 2016/01/04 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said President Muhammadu Buhari ​wa​s a key player in the civil transition in Burkina Faso which culminated Tuesday with the inauguration of a democratically elected president in the west African country. Mr. Osinbajo made the observation while speaking with reporters next the inauguration of Rock Marc Christian Kabore as the democratic President of Burkina Faso at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ouaga 2000 Stadium, Ouagadougou. The event was witnessed by several presidents from West Africa and former leaders like Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo and Ghana’s Jerry Rawlings. The ​v​ice ​p​resident said Mr. Buhari was very categorical in criticizing the coup d’etats which took place in the country before the election and said the position was significant in ensuring enduring civil policy in the continent.
  • Burkina Faso's new President Roch Marc Christian Kabore

    BURKINA FASO, 2016/01/03 Burkina Faso's new President Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Tuesday urged presidents of African states present at his inauguration ceremony in Ouagadougou to form "a united front" against terrorism. "We should harmonize our defense means to form a united front against terrorism," Kabore said in front of over 5,000 Burkinabes and presidents of Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Benin, Togo, Gabon, Ghana and Guinea. Burkina Faso, like a lot of of its neighbours in the Sahel region, has been faced with terrorist threats for several months.
  • The African Union reiterates its full support to the transition in Burkina Faso

    BURKINA FASO, 2015/07/23 The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, continues to follow closely the evolution of the situation in Burkina Faso. She expresses her concern about the tension prevailing in that country since 28 June 2015, particularly following incidents involving elements of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP). The Chairperson of the Commission recalls the relevant provisions of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, to which Burkina Faso is party, and other related AU instruments. In this context, she stresses the AU’s commitment to the imperative need for the subordination of the Defence and Security Forces to the political authority and respect for the policy of law. She urges the concerned Burkinabe stakeholders to comply with these principles, to exercise utmost restraint and to refrain from any action likely to undermine the smooth conduct of the Transition and to plunge the country onto the path of instability, with all the attendant consequences. The AU and the international community will hold all those who obstruct the smooth conduct of the Transition accountable for their actions.
  • Power Struggle Over Leadership in Burkina Faso's 'Black Spring'

    BURKINA FASO, 2014/11/02 Rival factions are claiming power in Burkina Faso next long-term president Blaise Compaoré stepped down on Friday under popular pressure. The second in command of the presidential guard and the leader of a group of young officers, Isaac Zida, declared himself in charge of Burkina Faso. In a televised appearance this morning, Zida claimed that in order to ensure a "smooth democratic transition" he had assumed "the responsibilities of chief of the transition and of chief of national."
  • Burkina Faso's Military Resolves Dispute, Backs Zida

    BURKINA FASO, 2014/11/02 For much of the 24 hours next Burkina Faso's president stepped down, it wasn't clear who was in charge of the country. The military presently appears to have resolved a dispute between two officers claiming power. Senior officers in Burkina Faso's military announced on Saturday that they had agreed to back a lieutenant-colonel to lead a transitional government ahead of fresh elections.
  • Burkina Faso: 'consultation framework' on national situation

    BURKINA FASO, 2014/09/29 Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré has launched a framework for dialogue and consultation with all members of the political class, instantly divided over a possible referendum to change the constitution in a bid to lift the limitation on presidential tenure. The conference on Tuesday in the capital city of Ouagadougou, which brought together the majority, the political opposition and the Republican Front (a movement claiming to represent about forty political opposition and majority parties), was held as the country is strongly divided over the planned referendum. The talks began with a political majority composed of representatives from the ruling Congress for Democracy and Evolution (CDP) and those of their allies of the Alliance for Democracy and Federation/African Democratic Rally (ADF/RDA)
  • African governments review growing energy and food subsidies

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/20 African government deficits, while low by historical standards, has been creeping up as aid and remittances dip, and counter-cyclical interventions rack up in response to the effects of the financial crisis. Combined with a rising food and fuel import bill, governments are presently looking for savings. Energy and food subsidies are increasingly being reviewed.