Nigeria: ECOWAS welcomes charter signing, appointment of transitional President in B/Faso

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS on Monday welcomed the signing of the charter of transition and the appointment of a transitional President in Burkina Faso, saying these actions demonstrate the will of the country's people to focus on its best interests.

According to a statement released by the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, ECOWAS Chairman, President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, described the developments ''as a positive development that will pave the way for the establishment of a civilian-led transition to enable a return to normal constitutional life following free, democratic and inclusive elections in accordance with the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance''.

''These acts demonstrate once again the will of the people of Burkina Faso, its national stakeholders and its defence and security Forces to focus on the best interests of the nation. In this regard, ECOWAS encourages all parties to respect the
spirit and letter of the Charter of the Transition during its implementation,'' the statement quoted President Mahama as saying.

ECOWAS urges the authorities to ensure the safety of all Burkinabe, without exception, and the protection of persons and property, and reiterated its constant readiness and determination to assist, in consultation with the African Union, the United Nations and all development partners, the Government and the people of Burkina Faso throughout the duration of the transition
for a return to normal constitutional order.

Kafando replaces Lt.-Col. Isaac Zida, who stepped in as junta leader following the vacuum created after long time President Blaise Compaore stepped down 31 Oct, in the wake of mass protests against the plan to extend his 27-year-rule.

The Transitional President, who will be inaugurated Tuesday, will name a Prime Minister who will form a government of 25 members.  Also, the members of the national transition council (legislative body of 90 members) will be installed very soon.

According to the provisions of the Transitional Charter, the leader and members of the transition will not be eligible to participate in the elections that will be the high-point of the transition.
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17 november 2014 14:54:54

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