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Burkina Faso Bars Former President Compaore’s Allies from Running for Office

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Burkina Faso Lawmakers have modified the electoral code to prevent people from standing for office if they supported a failed move in 2014 to allow then president, Blaise Compaore, to renew his term.

The country is run by a transitional government ahead of elections in October, and current ministers are also not authorised to run for president.

Compaore was ousted from power in October 2014 following mass protests against the bid by his supporters to revise article 37 of the constitution.

He seized power in a coup in 1987 in Burkina Faso, a country that produces gold and cotton.

Under the new law passed on Tuesday, “anybody is ineligible (to run) who supported the unconstitutional change that threatened the principle of democratic choice and especially the principle of presidential term limits.”

The new rule applies to all elections in 2015 and 2016 and effectively bars members of Compaore’s government and the leaders of his Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) party.

It also effectively shuts the door against Compaore’s allies.

Deputies from the previous parliamentary majority who supported Compaore said the law could weaken social cohesion.

The CDP rejected the law and said it was an attempt by a small group of activists to confiscate power.

Security forces on Tuesday dispersed youth supporters of Compaore outside the headquarters of the Transitional National Council.

Separately, police said on Tuesday that they had arrested eight members of Compaore’s regime.

Those arrested included former Minister for Mines and Energy, Salif Kabore. Their alleged offences included embezzlement, disturbing public peace and illegal political activities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

3 Comments

  1. calvine

    April 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    these are rules to vandalise and jeopardize the democracy of nigerian citizens.

    • Magz

      April 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Huh??? Nigerian citizens????!!!

  2. Ifedoyin Idowu Comfort

    May 20, 2015 at 8:16 am

    News is north, east, west and south. Its the happenings in different regions. Also the timely report of events and happenings. The main function of News is dissemination of information. There are different sources of news in which we have interviews, research, internet, clippings, reports, news agencies e.t.c.
    News agencies are specialized organisations set up to gather news. They write analysis, syndicate reports and features report.
    This news is culled and gotten from NAN which is Nigeria News Agency. They disseminate information, clarify news and provide news for media orgnaisations

    Ifedoyin Idowu Comfort
    Caleb University, Department of Mass Communication. Imota, Lagos State

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