Burkina’s new parliament opens after coup – Times of India

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OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso’s new legislative assembly opened Friday with a call for self-sacrifice by the 71 members appointed by the junta that took power a month ago.
Burkina, one of the poorest countries in the world, has been battling a jihadist offensive since 2015.
Disgruntled army officers have staged two coups this year out of anger at the failure to reverse the insurgency.
Coup leader Captain Ibrahim Traore named 20 of the new deputies and the armed forces 16. The country’s 13 regions selected one member each, civil society groups 12 and political parties 10.
Among the nominated members of the last parliament were a dozen members, including Abdoulaye Soma, who became president in 2020, and the 41-year-old law professor Ousmane Bougoumawho was elected speaker on Friday.
“Our country, Burkina Faso, is going through difficult times in its history,” Bougouma told the meeting.
“It is not a time for celebration, but rather for dedication and self-sacrifice.”
The meeting was opened after agreement was reached in mid-October on a transitional charter to sahel country back to the elections.
Traore, 34, deposed Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba on September 30.
In January, Damiba had led a group of officers to overthrow the last elected president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
Traoré has been appointed as transitional president with the stated goal of seizing vast swathes of territory held by “hordes of terrorists”.
Thousands of people have been killed in Burkina in the past seven years, about two million people out of a population of 21 million have fled their homes and more than a third of the country is out of government control.





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