Burkina Faso 30-month transition following coup

Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba

The committee’s job was to come up with a plan for a political transition after the Jan 24 military takeover.

According to reports, a commission created by Burkina Faso’s military coup leaders to develop a democratic transition plan has advocated a 30-month wait until elections.

At a ceremony in the capital, Ouagadougou, committee head Mariam Ouattara presented the findings to coup leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.

Damiba, who deposed President Roch Kabore on January 24, convened the 15-member council two weeks ago. It comprises military officers and technocrats.

Its mission was to provide the groundwork for a political transition and the establishment of a new constitutional system.

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According to reports, the committee also advocated a transitional administration with up to 20 ministries and a 51-member transitional parliament for the West African country.

According to Ouattara, the report was the result of a commission consensus.

Burkina Faso’s membership in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was suspended following the coup.

According to sources, the proposed two-and-a-half year transition reflected the junta’s guideline that indicated it would take roughly two years to stabilize the country and organize elections.