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Burkina Faso: Military-civilian power sharing arrangement

By Konye Obaji Ori
Posted on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:01

The transitional government was put in place after a charter mapping out a year-long transition to elections, was signed on Sunday.

On Tuesday, an interim president was appointed and on Wednesday, prime minister was appointed.

A civilian president and a military prime minister is a curious resolution to events that occurred in the country, after long serving President Blaise Compaore was forced to resign on 31 October during mass protests.

Army officers led by Col Zida took power after Compaore resigned.

Hours after protesters brought an end to Compaore’s 27-year rule, the army named Zida as the leader of a transitional government.

However, protesters described the military takeover as a theft of their victory, and demanded a civilian transitional government.

The African Union, United Nations (UN), the United States, and regional economic bloc Ecowas condemned the military takeover and threatened sanctions.

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