Burkina Faso groups agree on civilian-led transition

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

A civilian will head Burkina Faso's transition following a unanimous vote in Ouagadougou, the UN Special Envoy for West Africa has confirmed.

The UN, the African Union and the West African regional bloc ECOWAS are presiding over talks with various groups in the country to resolve the crisis.

A charter was agreed to and given the task of choosing the next interim president.

The military seized power in Burkina Faso after President Blaise Compaoré fled the country in the face of popular uprisings.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas says it will go into effect on Saturday.

“The leaders called to inform us in fact they have come to a unanimous decision regarding what they call a transitional charter and that it was adopted in fact without objection from any constituent groups. You recall that the constituent groups are the political parties, civil society, the religious and traditional groups, the military and other groups."

The charter provides for a special college which will vet the candidates and draw up a shortlist.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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