Burkina Faso Military Junta Extends Rule For Another Five Years

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 organising 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 jihadist violence.

The army has governed Burkina Faso since 2022, carrying out two coups that it justified in large part due to the country’s persistent insecurity.

Jihadist 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 adopted a charter that installed Traore as president, and put in place a government and a legislative assembly.

Under the new charter agreed Saturday, quotas would no longer be used to assign members of traditional parties seats in the assembly. Instead, “patriotism” would be deemed the only criteria for selecting deputies.

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

Civil society representatives, the security and defence forces and lawmakers in the transitional assembly were taking part in this weekend’s talks but most political parties boycotted the talks.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here