Burkina Faso Adopts Plan to Return to Civilian Rule

Burkina Faso Adopts Plan to Return to Civilian RuleBurkina Faso Adopts Plan to Return to Civilian Rule

Opposition parties, civil society groups and religious leaders adopted a plan on Sunday for a transitional authority to guide Burkina Faso to elections, after a popular uprising forced long-time president Blaise Compaore from power.

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida declared himself head of state on Nov. 1 after Compaore resigned and fled the country last month, following mass protests against his efforts to change the constitution to seek re-election in 2015 after 27 years in power.

The West African nation is under pressure to quickly return to civilian rule or face possible international sanctions, according to Reuters.

The charter agreed on Sunday, after days of talks in the capital Ouagadougou, is due to be presented to Zida, the operational commander of the elite presidential guard, this week. Military representatives did not participate in the negotiations.

The document calls for the creation of a 90-member transitional parliament with 10 military representatives, 40 from the opposition and 30 from civil society. The remaining 10 seats will be allocated to other parties, including Compaore’s former political allies, which did not take part in the talks.

An interim government is proposed, whose 25 members will not be permitted to stand in presidential and legislative elections expected to take place late next year.

Zida has pledged to quickly hand over power to a civilian transitional leader.