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AU commends Nigeria, ECOWAS over Burkina Faso transitional govt

AU commends Nigeria, ECOWAS over Burkina Faso transitional govt


The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dlamini Zuma, has commended Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan and ECOWAS Chairman, John Dramani-Mahama of Ghana, for their role in restoring constitutional order in Burkina Faso.

This is contained in a statement from the Commission’s Information and Communication Directorate on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.

The authorities in Ouagadugou, the Burkinabe capital, on Sunday appointed former Foreign Minster, Michel Kafando, as Transitional President, ending the short military dictatorship, after the former leader, Blaise Campoare resigned last month.

“Zuma commends President Macky Sall of Senegal, Chair of the Contact Group on Burkina Faso, Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, and Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, for their important role in supporting the Burkinabe people and stakeholders.

“She also welcomes the contribution of the joint AU/ECOWAS/United Nations (UN) missions, comprising the AU Special Envoy, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, and the UN Special Representative for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas.

Zuma welcomes the significant progress made in Burkina Faso towards the establishment of a civilian-led transition, in conformity with the aspirations of the people of Burkina Faso for change and the consolidation of democracy.
The Chairperson of the Commission also welcomed the restoration of the Constitution and the signing of the Transitional Constitutional Charter on Sunday, Nov. 16 in Ouagadougou.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the charter was signed by Burkinabe stakeholders in the presence of the AU Special Envoy for Burkina Faso, Mr. Edem Kodjo.

Zuma noted with satisfaction the appointment of a civilian, Michel Kafando, as President of the transition.