Breaking: Burkina Faso talks set polls for November 2015

Breaking: Burkina Faso talks set polls for November 2015

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 11:24 pm

Burkina Faso’s political parties and civil society leaders on Wednesday agreed in crisis talks that the country’s political transition should last a year, with elections to be held in November 2015, a statement said.

The talks, which were mediated by three west African leaders and also attended by religious and tribal chiefs, ended without naming a new leader to head a unity transition government.

The statement said all parties in the negotiations want an “eminent civilian personality” to head the transition.

Although the meeting ended without a decision on who that might be, Ghana President John Dramani Mahama said he expected a transition government to be installed in a matter of days.

Mahama and his Nigerian counterpart Goodluck Jonathan and Senegal President Macky Sall travelled to Ouagadougou to mediate the talks and press for a swift handover of power back to civilians.

The military had named an interim chief to head the transition after president Blaise Compaore was forced to resign following a violent popular uprising last week.

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