The Heads of Government of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has called on the international community and the African Union, AU, not to impose sanctions on Burkina Faso but to help it to surmount its current political crisis.
This is contained in a statement issued at the end of the extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS Heads of Government in Accra on Thursday.
The AU had threatened to impose sanctions against Burkina Faso if it failed to hand over power to a civilian-driven transitional government within 15 days.
The statement commended Burkina Faso’s new leader, Colonel Isaac Zida, for the maintenance of law and order in the country after the public protest that led to the ouster of the former leader.
It said the ECOWAS heads of government appointed President Macky Sall of Senegal as Chairman of its Contact Group on the Situation in Burkina Faso.
Former President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso abandoned office due to a popular uprising against his planned amendment of the country’s Constitution that would have enabled him to remain in office beyond 2015.
The protest was spearheaded by the opposition and civil society groups.
Mr. Compaore, who emerged president following a 1987 coup that killed the then President, Thomas Sankara, ruled for 27 years.