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Military-led transition in Burkina Faso “unacceptable”

14 Nov 2014

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Mohamed Ibn Chambas. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

A military-led transition in Burkina Faso would be “unacceptable” to African leaders and international partners, according to the UN Special Envoy for West Africa.

Protests broke out in the country in October following an attempt by President Blaise Compaoré to amend the Constitution so he could extend his 27-year rule.

In the face of popular uprisings, Mr Compaoré fled the country and the military seized the power.

UN Special Envoy, Mohamed Ibn Chambas is in Ouagadougou along the African Union and the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, to resolve the crisis and negotiate a return to civilian rule.

“It is very clear that for this transition to serve the best interests of this country and help in reinforcing the democratic forces in this country, that it should be civilian-led. And I think on that principal and cardinal issue, the military have shown an understanding and they keep reiterating that they will work in that spirit. That would be very helpful because it would be unacceptable certainly to ECOWAS, and the African Union and many partners, multilateral and bilateral to accept a military-led transition.”

So far, Mr Ibn Chambas says, a spirit of “give and take”, flexibility and compromise prevails.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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