Oh, the Irony: French President Lectures African Leaders to Let Go of Power
Hollande was speaking to the 15th biennial summit of the International Organisation of Francophonie – a group of 77 mostly French-speaking countries – taking place this weekend in Dakar, Senegal.
Hollande issued a similar admonition earlier this week in an interview with FRANCE 24, RFI (Radio France Internationale) and TV5 Monde.
In his speech Hollande praised the people of Burkina Faso, who overthrew president Blaise Compaore in October in a mostly peaceful popular uprising. Compaore fled to the Ivory Coast after weeks of protest against his bid to amend the constitution to allow him to run for re-election in a move that would have extended his 27-year rule.
“What the Burkinabe people did should give pause to those who would like to stay in power in violation of constitutional rule,” Hollande said.