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Vol 56 No 1

Published 9th January 2015

Burkina Faso

Watching the dust settle

Filling the vacuum left by Compaoré’s long presidency will dominate the year ahead: the mass movement that ousted him will be on high alert

Dismantling the political and economic system built around ex-President Blaise Compaoré is political, military and economic. Politically, the transition is about preparing the way for new presidential and legislative elections, planned for November. An experienced diplomat, Michel Kafando, 72, leads the transition as Interim President and Minister of Foreign Affairs while Lieutenant Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida, 49, formerly number two in the presidential guard, the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle (RSP), is Premier and Defence Minister. As members of the interim government, they are disqualified from standing in the polls, which is why most of the extra-parliamentary opposition declined to take part in the caretaker government.

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