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  • Updated: May 25, 2024

Burkina Faso military regime extends rule by five years amid ongoing insurgency

Burkina Faso military regime extends rule by five years amid

Burkina Faso’s military regime, which has been in power since a 2022 coup, will extend its rule for five more years according to an accord adopted during national consultations on Saturday.

Colonel Moussa Diallo, chairman of the organizing committee for the national dialogue process, announced, "The duration of the transition is fixed at 60 months from July 2, 2024."

He also noted that coup leader and acting president, Ibrahim Traore, will be eligible to run in any elections at the end of the transition period.

The national dialogue, initially scheduled as a two-day event, began on Saturday with the aim of charting a course back to civilian rule for Burkina Faso, a country struggling with jihadist violence.

The army has governed Burkina Faso since 2022, carrying out two coups that it justified in large part due to the country’s persistent insecurity.

Jihadist rebels affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have waged a grinding insurgency since 2015 that has killed thousands and displaced millions.

An initial national dialogue adopted a charter that installed Traore as president, and put in place a government and a legislative assembly.

Under the new charter agreed Saturday, quotas will no longer be used to assign members of traditional parties seats in the assembly. Instead, “patriotism” will be deemed the only criterion for selecting deputies.

The initial charter set the duration of the transition to civilian rule at 21 months with the deadline due to expire on July 1, but Traore had repeatedly warned that holding elections would be difficult given the perilous security situation.

Civil society representatives, the security and defence forces and lawmakers in the transitional assembly were taking part in this weekend’s talks but most political parties boycotted the talks.

AFP

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