Barely two weeks have passed since Captain Ibrahim Traoré’s coup d’etat, as the national meetings opened this Friday morning in Ouagadougou, supposed to pave the way for a new period of transition.
These meetings, whose holding was announced on October 8 via a decree read at the RTBwill bring together representatives of the army and the police, customary and religious organizations, civil society, trade unions, political parties and displaced victims of the jihadist attacks that have hit Burkina Faso since 2015.
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It is the famous “living forces” – 354 people in total – who will look into the transition charter project, which Young Africa was able to consult. The nine-page document begins by stating them values and priorities of the transition, starting with securing the entire territory and managing the humanitarian crisis arising from the security situation. Good governance and the fight against corruption also figure prominently.
The transition should also initiate political, administrative and institutional reforms with a view to consolidating the rule of law and working towards national reconciliation and cohesion. All of this should lead to the organization of free, transparent and inclusive elections. So much for the main principles.