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Burkina Faso: junta extends military rule for 5 years to 2029

Coup leader and acting president Ibrahim Traore

Coup leader and acting president Ibrahim Traore

Burkina Faso's military regime, in power since a 2022 coup, will extend its rule for five years under an accord adopted during national consultations on Saturday, the talks' chairman said.

"The duration of the transition is fixed at 60 months from July 2, 2024," Colonel Moussa Diallo, chairman of the organizing committee of the national dialogue process, said after the talks.

He added that coup leader and acting president Ibrahim Traore could run in any elections at the end of the transition period. What was supposed to be a two-day national dialogue began earlier Saturday, ostensibly to chart a way back to civilian rule for the West African nation beset by jihadi violence.

The army has governed Burkina Faso since 2022, carrying out two coups that it said were justified in large part by the persistent insecurity.

Jihadi rebels affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have waged a grinding insurgency since 2015 that has killed thousands and displaced millions. An initial national dialogue had resulted in a charter that installed Traore as president and put in place a government and a legislative assembly.

Under the new charter, quotas will no longer be used to assign seats in the assembly to members of traditional parties. Instead, "patriotism" will be the only criteria for selecting deputies.

"You have just rewritten a new page in the history of our country," said minister of Territorial Affairs Emile Zerbo, who opened the meeting on Saturday morning.

The initial charter set the transition to civilian rule at 21 months, with the deadline set to expire July 1. But Traore had repeatedly warned that holding elections would be difficult given the perilous security situation.

The new charter also calls for a new body called the "Korag" to "monitor and control the implementation of the country's strategic vision in all areas and through all means."

Its composition and operations are at the discretion of the president. Civil society representatives, the security and defense forces and lawmakers in the transitional assembly took part in the weekend talks, which most political parties boycotted.

Human rights groups have accused Burkina Faso's junta leaders of abuses against civilians during their military campaigns against jihadis, and of silencing media and opposition leaders. After taking power, the coup leaders expelled French troops and diplomats, and have instead turned to Russia for military assistance.

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0 #1 Lysol 2024-05-26 18:10
Typical of all the gun men in Africa. Starting with one Museveni. They have no shame.
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0 #2 Lakwena 2024-05-27 10:20
In other words, these are the typical disciples of our current "Problem of Africa", Gen Tibuhaburwa: the author of abomination and violent take over of political power, self-perpetuation and stranglehold onto power through perpetual extension of rule such 4 and/or five years.

And just like the Barbarians destroyed (sacked) Rome (civilization), while extending their stay in power, our "Problem of Africa" plunder whatever remained of the citizens collective efforts and/or resources harnessed by their predecessors.
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0 #3 kabayekka 2024-05-27 11:33
Indeed like all the military regimes on this African continent, their ambition is to liberate themselves from civilian government poverty.

Now that they have taken over all the country's resources, it is going to be difficult to remove them from power. The French know very well such strategies that continue to help them to exploit these French speaking African countries!
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0 #4 Kalibbala 2024-05-27 11:59
Wewe Lysol! Do not Compare ITT( Ibrahim Traore
Trouble) to your Senile Mass Murderer and Owner of our Country!

At Least Ibrahim is bent on kicking out Neo-colonialism in the Sahel Region! where as Your Blood Hound is Busy Causing Havoc in the Great Lakes Region by Killing Ugandans, Rwandese and Congolese, so far 10.000.000 Dead in 35 Years!..He is Working for the Devil!..And Ugandans can Continue enjoying Death!.. Today Crime is committed in Broad Day light! The Country is owned by War Lords ! Everybody Protecting his/her Loot.
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0 #5 Lysol 2024-05-28 03:55
Quoting Kalibbala:
Wewe Lysol! Do not Compare ITT( Ibrahim Traore
Trouble) to your Senile Mass Murderer and Owner of our Country!

At Least Ibrahim is bent on kicking out Neo-colonialism in the Sahel Region! where as Your Blood Hound is Busy Causing Havoc in the Great Lakes Region by Killing Ugandans, Rwandese and Congolese, so far 10.000.000 Dead in 35 Years!..He is Working for the Devil!..And Ugandans can Continue enjoying Death!.. Today Crime is committed in Broad Day light! The Country is owned by War Lords ! Everybody Protecting his/her Loot.


I concur with you. Africa needs new generation of leaders just like him
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0 #6 Munywi jFrancis Fred 2024-05-28 09:45
I have a conviction that African countries are under the control of brain-dead and senile leaders who never learn from history and instead continue repeating it like fools, and then the same African leaders begin to shift blame on Western countries for the mess the Africans themselves have created.

Now these Bokinabe fools are going to plunder their country's resources and blame France!
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