Opposition leader advocates "Sankarism"

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Benewende Sankara, President of Burkina Faso's opposition Union for Renaissance/Sankarist Movement (UNIR/MS), has called for the adoption of "Sankarism," as a politico-ideological concept in memory of the country's late military ruler Thomas Sankara.
Speaking at the party's first anniversary celebration at the weekend, Benewende Sankara said the values advocated by the late Burkina military leader included justice, integrity, peace and progress.
"But all these need to be conceptualised to become a line of conduct," he said.
Benewende Sankara left the pan-African Sankarist Convention, a coalition of Sankarist parties, and formed the UNIR/MS, grouping those he said, shared the ideals advocated by the late Captain Thomas Sankara.
He said the disagreement among the large number of parties and associations claiming to represent Thomas Sankara's ideals was due to a lack of definition of the concept.
He said his party was working closely with other democratic organisations to fight impunity and "selfishness of false intellectuals.
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Thomas Sankara was killed in a palace coup of 15 October 1987, which brought his friend and incumbent President Blaise Compaore to power.

05 november 2001 14:41:00

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