Burkina Faso Elections Get Underway

Burkina-Faso-electionThe people of Burkina Faso have begun voting to elect a new President and parliament.

This is the first poll after 2014 popular uprising that toppled sit-tight ruler, President Blaise Compaore.

Security is reported to be tight with up to 25,000 troops deployed across the country.

The polls, which was scheduled for October, had to be delayed due to a failed coup in September, led by members of the elite presidential guard.

The election is meant to mark the end of the transitional period following Mr Compaore’s removal. He had been in power for 27 years.

Analysts are predicting that it is most likely to be the most open and democratic vote in the country’s history.

Among the 14 candidates standing for the presidency, reports suggest that Roch Marc Christian Kabore and Zephirin Diabre are the front-runners.

Burkina Faso: African Leaders To Mediate With Coup Leaders

Burkina_Faso_ProtestersA day after the military took over power in Burkina Faso, two West African Presidents, Senegal’s Macky Sall and Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin, have taken steps to mediate with the leaders of the coup.

The putsch was announced after the presidential guard stormed a cabinet meeting, detaining the Interim President and Prime Minister.

A close ally of ex-President Blaise Compaore has been named the new leader.

World leaders and the African Union (AU) have condemned the takeover.

At least three people have been killed by the presidential guard, RSP, amid protests in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Report says that an unknown number of protesters have also been detained.

Burkina Faso Coup: Officers Dissolve Government

burkina-fasoThe transitional government in Burkina Faso has been dissolved by the presidential guard officers.

To end the deviant regime, a new “national democratic council” in the country had taken control.

Interim Parliament Speaker, Cheriff Sy, said the move was “clearly a coup”.

There is heavy shooting by presidential forces at the revolutionary square in the capital, Oaugadougou.

On Wednesday, the Interim President and Prime Minister were arrested by the presidential guards.

They were due to hand power to a new government after elections on October 11.

South Sudan: Civilians Seek Refuge In UN Compound In Juba

Hundreds of civilians sought shelter in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan’s compound adjacent to the Juba International Airport on Thursday (December 19) following fighting that broke out in the city on Sunday.

South Sudanese Government troops battled to regain control of a flashpoint town and sent forces to quell fighting in a vital oil producing area on Thursday, the fifth day of a conflict that has deepened ethnic divisions in the two-year-old nation.

The conflict, which has so far killed up to 500 people, has alarmed South Sudan’s neighbours. African mediators held talks with President Salva Kiir on Thursday to try to broker peace.

The fighting that erupted around the capital Juba on Sunday night has quickly spread, pitting loyalists of the former Vice President Riek Machar, a Nuer, against Kiir, a member of the dominant Dinka clan.

Fighting erupted on Sunday night between soldiers in the presidential guard, following a coup attempt on President Salva Kiir’s government by soldiers loyal to his former deputy Riek Machar.

However, Machar, whose dismissal in July led to months of tensions, has denied Kiir’s accusation that he had led a coup attempt.

The fighting, which broke out overnight and intensified in the early morning with reports of continuous gunfire and several explosions, has led to a night time curfew.

Mr Kiir said the government was in full control of the capital, Juba, after a night of heavy fighting.