Burkina Faso: Jonathan, others broker civilian transition deal

President Goodluck Jonathan and two other West African leaders have brokered a deal to resolve the political impasse in Burkina Faso.

The three West African Presidents brokered an agreement on a one-year political transition that would lead to elections in November 2015, local media reported on Thursday.

According to the agreement, the military, which is currently controlling the country after citizens’ protests forced the former leader out of power, would hand power over to an eminent civilian personality to lead the transition.

The reports said political parties and civil society groups would be able to propose candidates for the post.

Mr. Jonathan, Senegal’s Macky Sall and Ghana’s John Mahama arrived on Wednesday in Ouagadougou.

It said that they met new military leader, Isaac Zida, diplomats, representatives of political parties and civil society as well as religious and traditional leaders.

Mr. Zida took power after Blaise Compaore resigned on Friday, following massive demonstrations demanding an end to his 27-year rule.

“Burkina Faso should overcome the pain as quickly as possible, so that all parts of society can participate in decisions making it possible to create a stable democracy,” Mr. Mahama said.

(dpa/NAN)


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  • James

    Charity begins at home not away from home.

    • Otile

      Ture, charity be at home but does not end there. So, what’s your point, to attack Jonathan?

      • Omo Odua

        And you, what is your point of attacking Otile?

        • Otile

          I am not attacking anybody. All I am saying is that Jonathan is extending the charity he started at home to other countries too. He has allowed his oil to feed Ijaw, Igbo, Oduduwa, Hausa Fulani, Nupe…now the Tuaregs of Burkina Faso. What is wrong with that?

  • Smith Scott

    We miss you Mr. President.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    This is not a deal!

    This is only a rubber stamp of what the military said it would do in its first statement when it announced it was taking over power.

    • Uzoma

      It is not a deal of course because Jonathan is involved, because you don’t want Jonathan ever to be seen as being able to pull something off, right? I would understand your being petty if this was being reported by Abati or Okupe; but this is Premium Times reporting for crying out loud!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Uzoma, if you had been abreast of world News, instead of Aba Chronicles or whatever, you would have known better than what you wrote.

  • Uzoma

    I think I like the president in suit, instead of one of those his native attires and fedoras. He looks quite presidential.

    • Otile

      That’s true, bro.

      • Uzoma

        Thanks, bro. I wish he would do this more often because how we dress does significantly affect how we look, which in turn can affect how others rate us and the things that we are able to accomplish and not accomplish. It is a silly proposition but nevertheless one that is easy to verify.

  • favourtalk

    He should come back home to settle his case instead of wasting time, trying to be the master of all in africa when nigeria is dying on it standing. We need a change

  • allfsanni

    The President looks very good without the cow boy hat on. It is African culture to stick to power for ever if heads are rolling people suffering and dying. That is why we are unlike white people and not progressive. There is nothing wrong in ruling for few years and doing something to remember forever for the people. For example President Jonathan can buy fishing boats or setup a fishing boats manufacturing plant for the people of the Rivers of Nigeria and make them fishermen rather than kidnappers of men. Since we are good with America now to Long Beach, California and hire the expatriates from fishing boat builders over there to come do it. Fist fish load can come to LA from Lagos.

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  • Hans Oreva

    Really this deal is useless the people should fight it … AU have no interest in the common man