Monday, July 6, 2015

Burkina: "I'm still in place"- Prime Minister

Before his official visit to Côte d'Ivoire, the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso transition strongly denied on Monday rumors about his resignation and said the crisis that opposes the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) was a misunderstanding.


Burkina: the army has called for the formation of a government of civilians
Burkina: the army has called for the formation of a government of civilians
Burkina: Zida, the RSP and rumors of plots against the transition
The sound of his resignation ran all weekend in Ouagadougou. He finally silenced the morning of Monday, July 6, before departing for a visit "friendship and working" two days in Ivory Coast. Facing reporters gathered on the tarmac of the military airbase in the capital, Isaac Zida has wanted formal: he will not resign and intends to organize the first round of elections on 11 October as planned.

Accompanied by his right arm, Auguste Denise Barry, Minister of Security and Territorial Administration, the Prime Minister said that he was "still in place" and that there had been a "misunderstanding" regarding the new crisis which opposes the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP). On June 29, members of the presidential guard were accused of wanting to stop the head of government the day before, on his return from a trip to Taiwan. For their part, the RSP of senior officers immediately protested their innocence and denounced a conspiracy mounted by Zida and relatives to create unrest and prolong their hold on power.

"We have been misunderstood"

"Admit that when we have information concerning the safety of an institution, we have to do investigations. This is what has been done, but unfortunately we have been misunderstood and it was misinterpreted, "said the Prime Minister about possible threats from the RSP. Stating that there was "no problem" in the government, he added that his priority remained to "drive the transition to [...] achieve the elections on 11 October".

Forced to arbitrate a new crisis between Zida and RSP, President Michel Kafando led recent days a series of consultations to try to restore calm in the heart of the transition. Friday, July 3, several military officials had asked for the withdrawal of soldiers present in the government and the formation of a team composed exclusively of civilians. They obviously have not been heard.

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