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Burkina Faso: A Warning to Other African Leaders

EthioMedia   in 
November 17, 2014

NAIROBI – Violent clashes in Burkina Faso that led to the overthrow of the president are a stark warning to other African leaders pushing constitutional change to hang on to power, analysts say.

Chaos in Burkina Faso erupted this week as lawmakers prepared to vote to allow 63-year-old Blaise Compaore β€” who took power in a 1987 coup β€” to contest elections in November 2015.

While Compaore was forced out Friday, Burkina Faso is far from alone in having a president reluctant to relinquish office.

β€œIt is a warning both to ageing regimes and for those trying to stay in power beyond constitutional limits,” said Thierry Vircoulon of the International Crisis Group (ICG).

β€œDuring the Arab Spring the question was whether Africa will have its own spring? Perhaps the attempts to change the constitutions will lead to it now.”

 

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