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Damiba-led military Junta digs in, appoints 25-member cabinet

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The last has not been heard on the recent governmental structure set up in Burkina Faso as the head of military junta, Lieutenant-Colonel Damiba, on Saturday announced an executive cabinet of 25 ministers. The list includes six women.

The Head of State, Damiba says the team of executives will lead the country during a three-year transition period.

Recall that we reported despite announcing plans for transition into civil government last Tuesday, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba of Burkina Faso appointed 53-year-old Albert Ouédraogo as prime minister.

Slamreportafrica also reported last Wednesday that Burkina Faso’s ruling junta, the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR), had signed a charter setting a three-year transition period before the country held elections.

The coup that brought the current junta into power in Burkina Faso was launched on 23 January 2022 when gunfire erupted in front of the presidential residence in the Burkinabé capital Ouagadougou and several military barracks around the city.

The military announced that President Kaboré had been removed from the seat of power.  After the announcement, the military declared that the parliament, government and constitution had been dissolved. 

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24-year-old defeats veteran politician in Kenya to win female parliamentary seat

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To Kenyans, it was a breath of fresh air after a 24-year-old budding female politician, Linet Chepkorir, defeated veteran and incumbent lawmaker, Joyce Korir, to clinch the Bomet county woman representative seat.

Chepkorir who is popularly known as ‘Toto,’ won the Bomet parliamentary seat with a landslide in the August 9 general elections, and with her feat, is now the youngest parliamentarian in the country.

Toto had come into the limelight in April when she defeated older politicians to clinch the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket to run for the seat.

At just 24, Toto who ran her campaign on donations from friends and supporters, defeated seasoned and wealthy politicians to win the seat in the 13th National Assembly.

Toto came to the limelight a few months ago after she won the UDA ticket to run for the seat.

After she was announced as the winner of the poll, Toto took to her Twitter handle to thank the people of the county for believing in her and promised to deliver on her election campaign promises.

Other prominent contestants in the race were Beatrice Chepkorir, Eddah Chepkoech, Faith Chepkirui, Cicilia Chepkoech, Brenda Chepng’etich, Eunice Cherono, Susan Koech, Stacy Chepkemoi and Joan Chekirui.

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Senegal’s ruling coalition remains majority in parliament after late twist

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The ruling coalition of Senegal has kept its absolute majority in parliament thanks to a new alliance after narrowly won last month’s legislative election.

According to final results announced by the Constitutional Council on Thursday, President Macky Sall’s coalition has 82 deputies, down from its 125 deputies elected in 2017, out of the 165 in the Assembly.

The announcement confirms the provisional figures announced on August 4 by the National Commission for the Census of Votes (CNRV).

However, Pape Diop, former president of the National Assembly and Senate has switched to the ruling side to give it an absolute majority of 83 deputies, against 82 in total for the opposition.

Mr. Diop announced in a press conference on Thursday that he had “taken the decision to join” the presidential camp to avoid Senegal “a blockage in the functioning of institutions”

“Given the presidential nature of our political system, a National Assembly placed under the control of the opposition will necessarily lead to an institutional crisis” carrying “all the dangers”, he explained.

Senegalese voted in July to elect the country’s deputies. These elections stand as a decisive test for opposition parties trying to tackle the ruling party’s influence head of the presidential election in 2024.

There are fears that siting President Macky Sall might a third in office with his coalition now having absolute majority in the parliament.

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