The Evolving Political Crisis in Burkina Faso: Observations from Ouagadougou

Let me share an update on the ongoing crisis: The Evolving Political Crisis in Burkina Faso: Observations from Ouagadougou

Elections présidentielles au Faso : les candidats

Pour une fois de l’actualité : le dépôt des candidatures pour l’élection présidentielle du 11 octobre a pris fin vendredi à minuit. La liste officielle des candidats sera publié samedi prochain, mais évidemment, les noms des candidats sont déjà connus (en tout cas de ceux qui ont un chance réelle de jouer un rôle durant cette campagne électorale). Voici une vue d’ensemble, publié par l’hebdomadaire Jeune Afrique.

Pre-Transition Politics in Burkina Faso [Updated]

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On October 11, Burkina Faso will hold presidential and legislative elections. Senior members of the current interim government, which took office in November 2014 following the fall of long-time ruler Blaise Compaore the previous month, are ineligible to run in the elections. For now, though, the primary political struggle in the country is not over the October vote, but over who will wield power today, and what the role of different factions of the military will be in the government.

In recent weeks, NGOs and media outlets have buzzed with discussions of tension between the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida, a conflict that could, at worst, derail the transition. Although both Zida and Compaore belonged to the RSP in the past, the elite unit has reasons to fear that it will be disbanded and punished: in December, Zida called for its dismantling, and in February, a political…

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Veranstaltungshinweis: Neues Kino aus Burkina Faso

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Gutes Kino hat Publikum – auf dieser einfachen Idee basiert der privat initiierte und von der DEZA mitgetragene Fonds zur Förderung des Filmschaffens Succès Cinéma Burkina Faso. Am 22. und 23. Juni 2013 können wir die durch Succès Cinéma Burkina Faso geförderten Filme erstmals in der Deutschschweiz zeigen, und zwar im kult.kino atelier Basel. Erlebt mit uns diese Filme, die in den vergangenen Monaten die Kinos von Burkina Faso füllten und helft mit, dass Burkina Faso uns auch in Zukunft mit attraktiven Filmen überrascht!

Mehr Informationen zum Projekt gibt es auf der offiziellen Website von Succès Cinéma Burkina Faso succescinema-bf.com. *I like*

Why electors participated in Burkina Faso’s presidential election 2005?

Well, this is a little ad for a recent publication of one of our students which merites to be considered:

  • Monsch, Gian-Andrea, 2008. “Der Klient und sein Patron – oder warum man in Burkina Faso wählen geht.” CIS Working Paper No. 37, ISSN 1662-7504. [pdf, available online, in german]

Abstract: Monsch analyzes the varying voter turnouts in the 45 provinces of Burkina Faso on the occasion of the presidential elections on the 13th november of 2005. Through a comparative macroanalysis he shows that the force of President Compaore’s patron-clients relations, measured by the total result of his electoral victory, strongly influences the level of the provincial turnout. In addition to this, local poverty, ethnic aliation and geographical proximity to the capital bears on positively the voter turnout.