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Burkina Faso

Yearbook 1999

Burkina Faso. According to Countryaah official website, the assassination of independent newspaper editor Norbert Zongo at the end of 1998 led to several months of strikes and demonstrations around the country. The protests shook President Blaise Compaore's regime, which was forced into a series of concessions. Zongo was investigating the death of former Army Sergeant David Ouedrago in January 1998, and there were reasons to believe that his investigations posed a threat to powerful government politicians and military, including the president's brother. Behind the protests was also widespread dissatisfaction due to other abuses, widespread corruption and poverty.

1999 Burkina Faso

A loosely cohesive group of democratic mass organizations and political parties was formed and posed, among other things. demands that other unexplained deaths be investigated and that those arrested in connection with the protests be released. Much of the anger was directed at the ruling party Congrés pour la demokratie et le progrés (CDP). There were also reports that some CDP politicians were arming militias in order to strike hard at the opposition. An independent commission set up to investigate Zongo's death announced in May that "serious suspicions" were directed at six of the president's security guards.

In a speech to the nation in May, Compaoré promised that the presidential guard would be reorganized. The following month he appointed a special council, which included three former presidents were included to investigate suspected political murders for which no one has been punished during the period from independence until today. When the Council presented its report in August, many of the suspicions raised by the regime critics were confirmed. The light was also directed at the lack of real democracy in the country. It also seemed that there was a possibility that the murder of President Thomas Sankara in 1987 would go to court.

The Council recommended a revision of the Constitution and the creation of a Truth Commission based on the South African model and the creation of a National Unity Government to restore order in the country. Large parts of the opposition were skeptical and demanded the resignation of the president. Compaoré promised reforms, and planned a government reform to make room for the opposition.

 
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