Nigeria: ECOWAS Mission heads to Burkina Faso

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A special mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is due in Burkina Faso on Wednesday as part of ongoing efforts to ensure a peaceful restoration of constitutional order in the country, the ECOWAS Commission announced Monday.

It said the mission would be led by ECOWAS Chairman and Ghana President John Dramani Mahama, who will be accompanied by two other heads of state.

The Commission said Monday the special mission would be a follow-up to the Joint Mission of the UN, African Union and ECOWAS which visited Ouagadougou, the Burkina capital, 31 Oct-2 Nov.

''Further to the declaration of 30 Oct., 2014, ECOWAS Chairman appeals to all stakeholders and the military to find a consensual solution in line with the provisions of the Constitution of Burkina Faso,'' the Commission said in a statement signed by its President, Kadre Ouedraogo.

Lt.-Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida was named the country's interim leader after long-time President Blaise Compaore fled last week, following protests by thousands of people.

But on Sunday, thousands rallied again in the capital city to protest what they called a military power grab.

The Burkina Faso’s military has promised to install a unity government to oversee the political transition programme.

A statement by the interim authorities said ''power does not interest us, only the greater interest of the nation”.

PANA reports that under Burkina Faso's constitution, the Speaker of parliament was supposed to step in as interim head of state following the President's resignation.
-0- PANA SEG/AR 3Nov2014

03 november 2014 18:49:33




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