UN chief calls for restraint to solve crisis in Burkina Faso

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Billboard promoting peace in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso. Photo: IRIN/Chris Simpson

The people of Burkina Faso are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to use dialogue to solve the recent political crisis.

On Friday, the President of the West African country, Blaise Compaoré, resigned after the military seized control of Parliament.

On Thursday, protesters reportedly set fire to government buildings after President Compaoré attempted to amend the constitution.

Stephane Dujarric is spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

” Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa, has arrived in Burkina's capital, Ouagadogou. He is expected to meet with all political stakeholders, as well as religious and traditional leaders. The Secretary-General urges all parties to exercise calm and restraint and to use dialogue to solve the current crisis.”

Media reports on Friday indicate that military chief General Honoré Traoré had taken over as head of state.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) said that parliament has to be protected as it is the most legitimate forum for resolving political differences.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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