Africa, Burkina Faso, Politics

Burkina Faso: A Democratic First Year Full of Challenges

An uprising in Burkina Faso broke out by the end of last October, and soon after, the system of the Burkinabe former president, Blaise Compaore took his last breath, after 27 years in power, as the country takes a new turn in its history.

According to “Anadolu” news agency, the two months after the departure of Compaore, new officials find themselves before major challenges, notably meeting the inspirations of the 17 million citizens who are waiting for achievements worthy of the size of their uprising, in order to avoid collapse of the first-year democracy in the country’s history.

Between a reality that still blunders into the repercussions of the public mobility dethroning Compaore and the “promised democracy” there lies a distance expanding day after day in Burkina Faso, in the midst of the confusion that obviously has no bearing on the power residing at the top of the pyramid, especially when it happens through a public uprising, as the Alsankarah parties have proven (relative to the fifth president of Burkina Faso and the Burkinabe uprising leader, Thomas Sankara 1984 – 1987).

In a statement to Anadolu, the President of the Union for Rebirth/Sankarist Movement party, Benewende Sankara said: “Our work is far from the end, there will be no rest in Burkina Faso as long as the Burkinabe have no real alternative.”

So many promises filled the speeches of the temporary Burkinabe president, Michel Kafando, who took power from the army, following the resignation of Compaore, it amounted to his official swear that “nothing will remain the way it was before”, including the opening of “hot files” that remained closed throughout the entire former regime, especially those pertaining to the case of the famous journalist Nobert Zongo, who specializes in investigations, and was murdered in 1998 while he was investigating the death of Francois Compaore’s driver, the youngest brother of the former Burkinabe president.

In addition, Kanfando promised to open Thomas Sankara’s case, who was killed in a coup d’état led by his comrade-in-arm Blaise Compaore, in 1987, before the latter sits on the throne in the same year.

President of the “Progressive Front Alsankarah” Party confirmed that “if he should destroy the system of corruption and impunity, it is, in turn, imperative to build a country that lives up to our dreams, and fulfills the expectations of the popular uprising.”

For him, “the light emerging from the end of the tunnel is still far away, because the question does not only lie in the extinguishing of Compaore’s legacy, but also in the embodiment of the aspirations expressed by the Burkinabe people when he went to the streets demanding the dictatorship departure… and this requires a lot of effort and time.”

The Burkinabe music artist, Smokey, a member of the “Broom Citizen” movement, which was among the forces that landed weight to overthrow the independent President, pointed, for his part, to the Anadolu, that with the fall of Compaore, “we have succeeded making the first step toward victory… and we are about to move to the next step, namely, the achievement of justice; as for the step that follows, we will focus on giving due consideration and radiance to the image of leader Thomas Sankara, and the teaching of his ideas.”

The political Burkinabe analyst, Siaka Coulibaly, warned that “With the help of the current government, a lot of Burkinabe people will wake up to one of the bitterest facts, namely their country’s incredible dependence on international aid.”

It is expected that Burkina Faso will achieve a growth rate of 5% in 2014 and 2015, which means a decrease of 1 to 2% compared to the expectations, according to the International Monetary Fund, in which the deputy division chief African Department, Laure Redifer, confirmed that “the political events in the country, in the late October, have aggravated the situation, but they do not constitute a central element in the review of the prospects for growth.”

“How do we ensure the success of the current transitional period without the outbreak of a war of nerves?” That was an excerpt from an editorial by the editor of the state newspaper “Sidwaya”, Rapanki Abu Bakr al-Zaid, dated this December 22, in which he pointed out that “all the Burkinabe people are dreaming of a new country where they can get food and medical treatment without facing difficulties. However, most of them still wonder: Is it possible? How can it take place?”

Many files are still waiting to be opened in Burkina Faso to suit the aspirations of the Burkinabe people, which put an end to the political greed of Blaise Compaore, and forced him to leave…

According to observers, the first months will be extremely challenging… that’s for sure! However, based on preliminary data, the end of the tunnel will appear as soon as the transitional period finishes, and permanent institutions working to achieve the aspirations of the Burkinabe people are given due concentration.

About Imad Guemmah

Imad is a high school teacher, an experienced academic writer and translator from Morocco who is equally adored for his incisive articles and blog posts, which often take hard looks at a plethora of subjects, such as cultural studies, mass media, the philosophy of education and psychology. His work is always challenging and always thought-provoking. Imad can turn the most boring topics into a work of art worthy of being marveled at.

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