Burkina Faso – army sets deadline for interim leader candidates

17 Nov

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

BBCBurkinabe army sets leadership deadline for opposition

A schoolgirl walks past graffiti "Blaise go away" "Long live the revolution" on November 6, 2014 in OuagadougouBurkina Faso has endured a month of political turmoil and street protests

Burkina Faso’s military ruler has told activist groups they have until Sunday afternoon to provide a list of candidates for interim national leader.

Lt Col Isaac Zida agreed a transition plan with civilian political groups on Thursday, but no leader was named.

The groups have agreed to submit a list of candidates to a 23-member council, which will then select a single leader.

Col Zida took over from long-time leader Blaise Compaore, who was ousted after mass street protests in October.

But then protests erupted against army rule after Col Zida suspended the constitution and cracked down on dissent.

International bodies threatened sanctions unless civilian rule was restored.

A deal was reached on Thursday to install an interim legislative chamber and a transitional leader until elections are organised next year.

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