Newsletter 12/14 - For a free Burkina Faso
On October 31, 2014 the Burkina's President Blaise Compaoré, in power for twenty-seven years, resigned as a result of a broad popular uprising against a constitutional amendment that would have abolished the limit to the number of presidential mandates. In the following hours Compaoré fled to Ivory Coast protected by the French special forces. The following day the lieutenant colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida, deputy head of the regiment of presidential security and supported by the civil society was designated by the Army general staff to lead the transitional government following the suspension of the Constitution.
On November 15, 2014 the Provisional Head of State Yacouba Isaac Zida, after two weeks of national and international consultations for the installation of the transitional authorities, ends the suspension of the Constitution. The following day the representatives of the political parties, the civil society organizations, the defense and security forces, the religious and traditional authorities signed the transition charter supplementing and amending the Constitution and designated the diplomat Michel Kafando as transitional President.
On November 21, 2014 the transitional President Michel Kafando officially assumed his office after the appointment of Yacouba Isaac Zida as prime minister and in his inaugural speech announced that he authorized an investigation into the death of Thomas Sankara, the President killed during the coup organised by Blaise Compaoré, who the day before had left the Ivory Coast to flee to Morocco with whom the Burkina Faso has not any extradition agreements. In the followind days the law professor Luc Marius Ibriga was appointed General Inspector of the State, culture and tourism minister Adama Sagnon Tolé resigned under pressure from the civil society because of the cover up of the investigation on the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo, and general Gilbert Djendjere was fired from Chief of staff of the President.
The fall of the regime established by Blaise Compaoré, one of the pillars of Françafrique in the recent decades, has been possible thanks to the emergence of those instances of the civil society as Le Balai citoyen, which, in the footsteps of Thomas Sankara, work for a true democracy, a good governance and a better coexistence in Burkina Faso.
Colonialism Reparation welcomes the recovery of freedom of Burkina Faso and calls on France not to interfere in the current stage of transition, as also required by the Solidarity committee with the people of Burkina Faso, and to apologize and pay compensation for the colonial period, pursuing the path traced by President Thomas Sankara with the refusal to pay the foreign debt.