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Despite planned transition, Burkina Faso’s head of junta appoints Prime Minister

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Despite announcing plans for transition into civil government on Tuesday, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba of Burkina Faso has appointed 53-year-old Albert Ouédraogo as prime minister.

Slamreportafrica reported on 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 holds elections.

The Burkina Faso strongman, was also ceremonially sworn in as president on Wednesday at a brief occasion to officialize his position in the presence of representatives of the army, political parties, trade unions and the diplomatic corps.

By declaring himself President, the 41-year-old lieutenant-colonel has followed a pattern of some notable African military dictators like General Ibrahim Babangida of Nigeria who also wore the toga of being addressed president.

Lieutenant Colonel Damiba signed the degree which installed Mr. Albert Ouédraogo as Prime Minister stressing that “the new Prime Minister has solid experience in the management of public administrations, development projects and private companies,” according to the presidency. “He has conducted several study missions on the development of the private sector and organisational audits and the drafting of procedure manuals,”

Ouédraogo is an economist by training, an academic, and was up till his appointment as Prime Minister the head of a consulting and auditing firm since 2007.

Having been sworn in as President and with the latest appointment of a Prime Minister, Burkina Faso’s national government structure now resembles a parliamentary system of government where a ceremonial head of state is different from the head of government. It is however short of the ideal parliamentary majority because it did not come into power through a popular election, nor is the said Prime Minister from a legislative parliament.  

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.

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Tanzanian president, Samia Hassan, positions to become party, CCM’s chairperson. Will she get it?

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Tanzania’s president, Samia Suluhu Hassan is in a firm position to grab the heart of her political party, Tanzania’s Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) as she appears the sole candidate for the party’s top position.

New party executives will be chosen at the ruling party’s general meeting.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan is the only candidate for the post of chairperson, while the post of the party’s vice chairperson for Tanzania mainland is reserved for Abdulrahman Kinana who currently holds the post.

According to the party’s publicity and ideology secretary, Mr. Shaka Hamdu Shaka, the meeting will also elect members of the CCM National Executive Committee (NEC), in which 2,703 names were approved to contest for 30 seats.

By party structure, the secretary-general is the party’s top executive who oversees its operations while the chairperson and vice chairperson hold office for five years, the appointment of the party executives is normally done depending on the performance of the respective post holders and fits the existing circumstances.

The development of political parties and their administration is a key factor in strengthening democratic reign all over the world, the control of ruling parties to a large extent usually influence governance and policy. It is hoped that President Samia Hassan’s vantage position in her party, CCM will count for the level of stability that would aid governance in the East African country.

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South Sudan’s ruling party endorses President Salva Kiir for next election

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The ruling party in South Sudan has endorsed President Salva Kiir as its candidate in the country’s delayed election scheduled for the end of 2024.

President Kiir while speaking at the end of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s leadership session, accepted the ruling party endorsement for the 2024 election.

“We passed through a difficult situation, but we came out and stood together,” the president said to cheers. He added: “I have never failed you before; I believe that we will fight together whatever battles that are coming.”

South Sudan is in a dire situation with approximately two-thirds of the population, in danger of famine as they face acute food insecurity during the next lean season as climate shocks and conflict deepen the already vulnerable situation for many.

South Sudan is in a fragile state between war and peace. In February 2020, after a two-year process, the conflict parties of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former First Vice President Riek Machar.

President Kiir has been the country’s only president since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

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