France seeks civilian rule in Burkina Faso

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Paris, Nov 5: France on Tuesday gave a call for the creation of a civilian transitional government in Burkina Faso to prepare for elections in the West African country where violent and massive street protests forced president Blaise Compaore to step down.

The foreign ministry's spokesman, Romain Nadal, during a daily briefing said Paris was following closely the situation in its former colony and called on all sides to continue dialogue "to implement as soon as possible an alternative which respects Burkina Constitution", Xinhua reported

Burkina Faso's military took power after Compaore announced his resignation Friday following two days of violent protests over his plan to amend the constitution to prolong his 27 years' rule.

The military appointed Lieutenant Colonel Zida as provisional head of state, prompting a new wave of demonstrations to demand for military departure and restoration of civilian rule in Burkina Faso.

Furthermore, the African Union Monday set a two-week deadline for the army to leave power or face sanctions.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also wants civilian-led transition in the African state

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called for an inclusive, civilian-led transition in Burkina Faso, with his special representative in the region consulting with stakeholders, a UN spokesperson said.

"The Secretary-General continues to be greatly concerned about the current crisis in Burkina Faso and its impact on national and regional stability," Xinhua quoted Farhan Haq told a briefing here Tuesday, adding that Ban reiterates his call for an inclusive, civilian-led transition leading to full restoration of constitutional order through democratic elections.

Haq said the joint UN-African Union-Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission met Monday with Ghana's President John Mahama, who is also the Chair of the ECOWAS, to consult about the situation.

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation Friday following two days of violent protests over his plan to amend the constitution to prolong his 27 years' rule.

The military took power and appointed Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida as provisional head of state, prompting a new wave of demonstrations to demand for military departure and restoration of civilian rule in Burkina Faso.

Zida Monday said he was willing to hand over power for a civilian transitional period after meeting the Mossi tribe King, Mogho Naba, the most influential traditional chief in Burkina Faso.

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