AU names special envoy for Burkina Faso

Edem Kodjo, a Togolese diplomat and former secretary-general of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), appointed as the body's special envoy for Burkina Faso.

AU names special envoy for Burkina Faso

World Bulletin/News Desk

The African Union (AU) has appointed Edem Kodjo, a Togolese diplomat and former secretary-general of the AU's predecessor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), as the body's special envoy for Burkina Faso.

“Kodjo’s appointment is part of the AU’s efforts to facilitate the rapid establishment of a civilian-led, democratic and consensual transition that would lead to the holding, at the earliest possible date, of free, fair and transparent elections," a statement issued by the AU has said.

"To this effect, Kodjo will coordinate the joint efforts of the AU, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations and other concerned international stakeholders."

Kodjo had served his country as minister of finance and foreign affairs from 1976 to 1978. He was also a prime minister between 1994 and 1996.

The Togolese diplomat was secretary-general of the OAU from 1978 to 1983.

Burkina Faso has descended into turmoil soon after longstanding president Blaise Compaore proposed a constitutional amendment that would have allowed him to seek an extra term in office.

Ruling since 1987, Compaore was forced to step down on Friday and on Saturday there had been reports that he travelled with his family to the Ivory Coast.

On Saturday, the army named Isaac Zida, the second-in-command in the presidential guard under Compaore, as the new interim president of the country.

This move had, however, angered the opposition, which insisted that the ex-president left office as a result of a popular uprising, not a military coup.

 

Last Mod: 04 Kasım 2014, 12:54
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