Burkina Faso govt now ready to dialogue with opposition

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore.

Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore.


Burkina Faso’s ruling party has announced that it would accept to comprise certain terms in the ongoing mediation if the opposition was also ready to do so.

Speaking on the national broadcaster on Saturday following a meeting of both parties, the Presidential spokesman Achille Tapsoba sounded optimistic.

“We are still ready to discuss with the view to eventually reach a consensus and we look forward to a constructive dialogue,” he said.

The main bone of contention between the two parties is the ruling Congre pour la democratie et le progress (CDP’s) position over the amendment of Article 37 which forbids President Blaise Compaore, to run for a third term in 2015 polls.

“We are ready to hold discussions with the opposition concerning the senate that could be acceptable to all, but we cannot proceed with such discussions with an opposition that is intransigent,” Mr Tapsoba said.

The opposition has been against the idea of setting up a senate, which they allege will eventually amend Article 37.

President Compaore had ignored the opposition pleas and set up a senate hinting that the body would vote in a referendum to amend Article 37 which prevents him from running for a third five-year mandate.

However, in his statement on the national broadcaster on Friday evening, the presidential spokesman said the CDP considers the mediators call not to amend the constitution.


Source: Africa Review

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Moses M'Bowe, is the Chief International Correspondent, For New Africa Business News And New Africa Daily News.

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