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Burkina Faso agree transition of power

Yvonne Williams

Following Monday’s two week ultimatum given to the military to hand over power to the civilian government or face sanctions as consequence, Burkina Faso’s political parties have decided that all parties agree that the country’s political transition should last a year, followed by elections in November 2015.

Although after talks in the capital Ouagadougou, it is not said who would head a transitional government.

Burkina Faso agree transition of power
The parliament building in Ouagadougou which was set ablaze by protesters

Subsequently, after President Blaise Compaore was forced to quit last week following mass protests, the military has been in charge.

Those in attendance according to a statement given after the Wednesday’s crisis talks in Ouagadougou disclosed that present at the meeting were: civil society groups and tribal chiefs.

The statement added that all parties in the negotiations wanted an “eminent civilian personality” to head the transition. No further details were given.

The presidents of Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal mediated the talks.

Burkina Faso agree transition of power
The streets of Ouagadougou

“We do not want to talk with the old governing party. They represent Blaise Compaore,” Rose-Marie Compaore, parliamentary leader of the main opposition group, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

Reports say that during the meeting, chaos erupted and opposition politicians barged out, but returned after persuasion to negotiations.

It is said that the AU’s Peace and Security Council would meet again later this month to discuss the crisis.