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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso: Transition, Act II

Africa Briefing N°116, 7 January 2016

burkina-7jan15Burkina Faso’s democratically elected new government faces great challenges to deliver on justice, socio-economic needs and regional security. To succeed, authorities must resist the temptation to establish a new one-party hegemony. Instead, they should engage in social dialogue and political reconciliation, military reform, and friendly relations with neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire.

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Burkina Faso: Transition, Act II, Africa Briefing N°116, 7 Jan 2016

Burkina Faso’s democratically elected new government faces great challenges to deliver on justice, socio-economic needs and regional security. To succeed, authorities must resist the temptation to establish a new one-party hegemony. Instead, they should engage in social dialogue and political reconciliation, military reform, and friendly relations with neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire.

Burkina Faso: Meeting the October Target, Africa Briefing N°112, 24 Jun 2015

Burkina Faso’s faltering transition faces elections in less than four months amid political tensions and social agitation. A controversial electoral code could inject the poison of exclusion into a country that is attached to multiparty politics. It is time for political and civil society actors to begin a formal dialogue to reduce the risks.

Burkina Faso: Nine Months to Complete the Transition, Africa Report N°222, 28 Jan 2015

Three months after Blaise Compaoré’s departure, Burkina Faso’s transition is moving forward in an uncertain context. The provisional government, with the help of its international partners, should initiate urgent reforms and ensure the October 2015 elections allow for peaceful, democratic change.

Burkina Faso: With or Without Compaoré, Times of Uncertainty, Africa Report N°205, 22 Jul 2013

If President Blaise Compaoré fails to manage his departure well, the country could face political upheaval in an increasingly troubled region.

Commentary

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3 July 2015: In this video, Crisis Group's West Africa analyst Cynthia Ohayon analyses the fragile transition to democracy in Burkina Faso and recommends political actors and civil society to focus all their efforts on the October elections.

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