Burkina Faso Transitional Plan Proposed for Army to Cede Power

Burkina Faso opposition leaders, civil-society activists and religious groups agreed on a plan to create a transitional authority after Blaise Compaore resigned as president following 27 years in power amid protests.

The proposals will be submitted to acting leader Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida today, opposition leader Zephirin Diabre told reporters yesterday in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Zida took charge of the country Nov. 1 after Compaore was forced from power following protests against his efforts to change the constitution so he could seek re-election in a vote planned for next year. Regional leaders including Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his Ghanaian counterpart John Dramani Mahama are pressing the army to cede power to civilians, a demand which Zida said he will comply with.

Burkina Faso has been used by the U.S. and France as a hub to fight Islamist militants. It’s sub-Saharan Africa’s second-largest producer of cotton, the mostly agricultural economy’s main crop, and the fifth-largest gold miner, as well as being one of the world’s poorest countries.

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