Date
16 December 2017
A soldier stands guard outside a building where a meeting between the military and opposition was taking place in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, earlier this week. Photo: Reuters
A soldier stands guard outside a building where a meeting between the military and opposition was taking place in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, earlier this week. Photo: Reuters

West African bloc presses Burkina Faso on civilian rule

West African leaders urged Burkina Faso to appoint a civilian transitional head quickly to steer the country to elections next year following the overthrow of longtime ruler Blaise Compaore last week, Reuters reported.

“I have confidence and I believe that in days, rather than weeks, the people will come out with an interim leader,” Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama was quoted as saying Wednesday.

Mahama led a delegation from the West African bloc ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African Sta tes) to help Burkina Faso map a path to a civilian-led transition after the military named a senior army officer as head of state last weekend.

A delay in appointing a civilian administration could see the country punished with sanctions, Mahama warned.

The African Union said on Monday that although popular pressure led to the ousting of Compaore, the change had been undemocratic and stated that the body would apply sanctions if civilian rule was not reestablished within two weeks.

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