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Burkina Faso military government rejects ECOWAS’ calls for Kaboré’s release

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The military government in Burkina Faso, has rejecred and dismissed demands by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), for the immediate release of former President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

The West African regional body had, after a summit in Accra, Ghana, on March 25, expressed serious concern about the junta’s 36-month transition period, while calling on the Burkina Faso’s ruling junta, the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR), to immediately release Kabore.

The Heads of States of ECOWAS countries had also expressed worry over the three-year transition period announced by the leader of the military junta, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.

Many African leaders have also continued to call on the Burkinabe military junta for the release of the ousted Kabore who has been under house arrest for two months since the coup that brought the military to power in January.

But in a statement on Thursday by the Burkinabe military junta, the government said it would not succumb to ECOWAS’s demands as it had the right to do things on its own terms.

“The government of Burkina Faso has only one deadline. The deadline is to do things right, to plan its actions in accordance with the realities on the ground, in all objectivity and with the greatest possible prudence and realism,” government spokesperson, Wendkouni Lionel Bilgo, said at a press conference.

Speaking on the demands to release Kaboré, Bilgo said consultations were still ongoing on the right steps to take.

“Consultations had been initiated for three weeks for Kabore’s return to a family residence of his choice. When a solution is found, he will be in a residence with appropriate security.”

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Somaliland electoral body, SLNEC, postpones presidential election. Here’s why

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Somaliland has postponed its presidential elections to next year from its initial scheduled date in November.

The region’s electoral body, Somaliland National Electoral Commission (SLNEC) made the revelation on Saturday.

The poll will now be held in nine months from October – or next July – because the currently scheduled date of Nov. 13 “is not viable due to time, technical and financial constraints,” SLNEC tweeted on Saturday.

 

There were deadly protests in the region in August with demonstrators demanding elections be held in November when President Abdi’s term will end.

The protest came out amid suspicions President Muse Bihi Abdi wanted to delay the poll and extend his term.

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Chad pushes for Africa’s permanent seat at UN’s Security Council

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Chad, a country in Central Africa is pushing for a representation of the continent in the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member.

Chad’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Awatif El Tidjani Ahmed Koiboro, on Friday said Africa’s inclusion into the Security Council would “correct a historic injustice” and help countries in the G5 Sahel.

“On the reform of the Security Council, the body responsible for peace and international security, Chad once again urges member states to move from rhetoric to action in order to achieve the said reform and correct the historic injustice towards the African continent, which excludes it from full and equal participation in this body.” She said.

“Regarding the internal situation of the G5 Sahel, which recorded the departure of the sister Republic of Mali, we regret this withdrawal,” said Mss Koiboro.

“Because Mali is a founding member of this organization. It has its place by our side.

“We will not be able to defeat terrorism, stabilize and develop the Sahel, without a common fight and pooling of resources.

“We hope that our Malian brothers will reconsider their decision and rejoin our common organization. The door of the G5 Sahel is always wide open to welcome them.

The push for a permanent seat at the UNSC has lasted for some time, countries like South Africa and specifically Nigeria have already demanded two permanent seats be allocated on the UN Security Council to Africa. How soon will the seat come?

The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

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