BURKINA FASO : MILITARY JUNTA EXTENDS RULE FOR FIVE YEARS

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In a move that has drawn international criticism, Burkina Faso’s military government has announced an extension of junta rule for another five years.

This decision, made following a national consultation meeting in the capital Ouagadougou, will allow Capt Ibrahim Traoré, who seized power in a coup nearly two years ago, to contest the next presidential election.

The amended charter stipulates that the new 5years transition period will commence on July 2, 2024. However, elections may occur sooner if security conditions in the country improve.

The extension of military rule in Burkina Faso has raised concerns among the international community, with many calling for a swift return to democratic governance. This, after a similar decision in Mali, which recently also extended its military junta’s rule.

Despite these concerns, it is reported that Capt Ibrahim Traoré has defended the decision, arguing that it is necessary to address the security challenges facing the country first.

Note, the extension of military rule in Burkina Faso comes at a time when the country is facing a complex set of challenges, including a deteriorating security situation, a worsening humanitarian crisis, and a fragile economy.

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