Burkina Faso: Details of draft deal to end Burkina Faso crisis unveiled

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The 13-point draft deal that was hammered out by ECOWAS Mediators to end the crisis triggered by last week's coup in Burkina Faso has been obtained by PANA, and will constitute the main agenda for the one-day Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit to be held in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Tuesday.

PANA reported from here Monday that the draft deal was negotiated by President Macky Sall of Senegal, who is the current Chair of the West African regional bloc, and President Boni Yayi of Benin, after spending several days in Ouagadougou, where a new leader, Gen. Gilbert Diendere, was ensconced following the ouster of the country's interim government by elements of the presidential guard.

Under the deal, the ousted transitional government will be reinstated and led by interim President Michel Kafando, so it can continue with the political transition programme. However, instead of the 11 Oct. 2015 date fixed for general elections, a new date of 22 Nov. 2015 has been proposed.

Significantly, the reinstated government will not include the military, indicating that Prime Minister Isaac Zida, seen as a Diendere arch foe, may have been tactically removed from the transition administration.

The role of the military in the new dispensation will be limited to ensuring the protection of lives and property and ensuring an end to all human rights abuses.

Also, as part of the deal, all those who have been implicated in the coup of 17 Sept would be granted amnesty, the allies of former President Blaise Compaore, earlier banned from participating in the elections, would be allowed to join while the Mediators will be fully involved in the implementation of the agreement.

The coup has attracted global condemnations, while Burkina Faso's former colonial master France has been talking tough on the need for the agreement to be strictly adhered to.
-0- PANA SEG 21Sept2015

21 september 2015 10:21:45

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