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Burkina Faso Extends Military Rule by Five Years

Burkina Faso's military administration has announced that it will extend junta control for an additional five years

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Burkina Faso Extends Military Rule by Five Years

Burkina Faso’s military administration has announced that it will extend junta control for an additional five years.

The country’s ruler, Capt Ibrahim Traoré, will also be permitted to run the next presidential election, the state-owned media claims. When he seized power in a coup nearly two years ago, Capt Traore promised to restore the civilian government by July 1 of this year.

However, Burkina Faso has now joined neighbouring Mali in extending military control. The decision was revealed on Saturday following a nationwide consultative gathering in the West African country’s capital, Ouagadougou.

A modified charter, signed by Capt Traoré, specifies that the new 60-month transition period will begin on July 2, this year.
“The elections marking the end of the transition may be held before this deadline if the security situation permits,” according to the charter, as reported by Reuters.

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Burkina Faso has been administered by the army since January 2022, when Lt Col Paul-Henri Damiba overthrew President Roch Kaboré. Col Damiba justified the coup by claiming that the previous government had failed to deal with rising militant Islamist violence.

Since 2015, Islamist rebels linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have conducted a brutal conflict that has killed thousands and displaced millions.

In September 2022, Capt Traoré deposed Col Damiba, claiming that a second coup was required since Col Damiba was incapable of dealing with the insurgency. Capt Traoré promised to fix the country’s terrible security situation in “two to three months” and to restore civilian government within 21 months.

However, since issuing the pledge, Capt Traoré has warned that elections will not be “a priority” until the territory is recaptured from jihadist forces, allowing all citizens of the country to vote.

According to the AFP news agency, the new charter will eliminate the use of quotas to award seats in the assembly to members of traditional parties.

Instead, “patriotism” will be the sole criterion for picking deputies. The judgments taken during Saturday’s national consultation were rapid. According to local media accounts, political parties did not attend the conference at its opening.

International international human rights organizations, including the European Union and the United Nations, have accused Burkina Faso of major human rights breaches in its campaign against Islamists, including indiscriminate executions and forced disappearances of scores.

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