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Jonathan among leaders to resolve Burkina Faso crisis

05 November 2014, 18:29

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan was on Wednesday scheduled to travel to Burkina Faso as a member of the three-man delegation to facilitate the rapid resolution of the current political crisis in that country.

According to a statement by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, other members of the delegation of ECOWAS leaders are President Macky Sall of Senegal and President John Mahama of Ghana current Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

“President Jonathan and his Ghanaian and Senegalese counterparts are expected to meet with Burkina Faso’s interim Head of State, Lt.-Col. Isaac Zida, opposition leaders, members of civil society and other political stakeholders in the country,” Abati said.

He added that the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Nurudeen Mohammed, and some of his principal aides and advisers would accompany Jonathan to Ouagadougou.

Also Read: ECOWAS reacts to Burkinabe president's resignation

The African Union’s Democratic Charter requires its 54 member-states to act against the forceful overthrow of elected governments on the continent.

The Union has given the Burkina Faso military an ultimatum to transfer power back to a civilian administration within two weeks or face sanctions.

Recent political turmoil in Burkina Faso led to the resignation of President Blaise Compaore and the assumption of power by Lt.-Col. Zida.

- CAJ News


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