02 May 2016
Amid ongoing tensions between military old guard (some suspected of involvement in Sept 2015 coup) and young officers (who stopped coup leaders), gunshots reportedly heard 18 April at military prison ...
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.
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.
If President Blaise Compaoré fails to manage his departure well, the country could face political upheaval in an increasingly troubled region.
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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