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Two Weeks African Union Tells Bokina Faso Military Leaders

The African Union on Monday told Burkina Faso’s army that it must transfer power back to civilians within two weeks, following days of unrest that have left the military in charge in the West African country. The announcement from the regional group came amid domestic and international efforts to form a transitional government to help the country resolve its political crisis. “We ask the armed forces to transfer power to the civil authorities, and the council has determined a period of two weeks for the transfer,” Simeon Oyono Esono, head…

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Remembering Thomas Sankara ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’

  By Bruno Jaffré Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, was assassinated 20 years ago. His original ideas for his country prefigured the alternative world movement and current approaches to change in Africa and South America Former Burkina Faso’s president, Thomas Sankara, defined his aims shortly before he was assassinated in 1987: “Our revolution will be of value only if, looking back… and ahead, we are able to say that the Burkinabe people are a little happier because of it. Because they have clean drinking water, because they have plenty…

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BOKINA FASO: END OF AN ERA FOR BLAISE COMPAORE

Deutsche Welle October 30—Burkina Faso’s government was forced to resign on Thursday following increasingly violent protests against the country’s president. Several hours after opposition lawmakers and high-level military officials met, Burkina Faso army chief, General Honore Traore, told reporters in the capital that the government had been dissolved. “A transitional body will be put in place in consultation with all parties,” Traore said.The temporary governing body would hold power “no more than 12 months,” he added. A curfew was also put into place for 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. local…

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