Burkina Faso army proposes transitional council

The proposed council would be made up of 60 members who would come from the military, Burkina Faso's civil society, opposition and the majority that was formed under ex-president Blaise Compaore

Burkina Faso army proposes transitional council

World Bulletin/News Desk

The army of Burkina Faso on Saturday proposed the formation of an army-led national transitional council to rule the African country, an opposition figure said.

"The council is supposed to hold the legislative power," the opposition source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.

He added that the proposed council would be made up of 60 members who would come from the military, Burkina Faso's civil society, opposition and the majority that was formed under ex-president Blaise Compaore.

Late last month, Burkina Faso descended into chaos after Compaore proposed a constitutional amendment that would have allowed him to seek another term in office.

In power since 1987, Compaore was ultimately forced to step down on Friday amid massive street protests against the amendment proposal. He has since left with his family to the Ivory Coast.

On November 1, the Burkinabe army named Isaac Zida, the second-in-command in Compaore's presidential guard, new interim president.

The appointment drew the ire of the opposition, however, which asserted that Compaore had left office as the result of popular pressure rather than a military coup.

On Wednesday, West African heads of state agreed with Zida, on a one-year transitional plan that would include free elections, an opposition source said on Thursday.

The agreement calls for holding parliamentary and presidential polls by November of next year, he added.

 

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