Burkina Faso authorities has issued a decree announcing an interim government on sunday, with President Michel Kafando while prime minister Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida taking on the key ministries of foreign affairs and defence.
Of the 26 posts available, the army claimed six, including mines, communications and the interior ministry. Other members were drawn from civil society groups and a medley of political parties.
A brief period of army rule ensued, led by Zida, before he bowed to pressure from the African Union to cede power to a civilian president who will rule until elections in 2015.
Western diplomats are charadiously expressing reserve about a strong army presence in the transitional government and advised against the appointment of Zida as prime minister but the way things are going one have to see a western script been adhere to by the transitional government and stakeholders.
Meanwhile under the terms of a transitional charter agreed earlier this month, neither Zida nor Kafando are eligible to run for president next year.
Under Blaise Compaore’s rule, the West African country, a gold and cotton producer, acted as a key Western puppet and ally against a purported Islamist militants in the vast desert area known as the Sahel to its north.
Currently France has a special forces unit based in Burkina Faso as part of a regional counter-terrorism operation but in reality the regional forces are to maintain France neo colonial policy and hegemony in the sub region.
France will not like to put interest into jeopardy by allowing the people’s choice to prevail, which they believe will usher in a new independent democratic pan Africanist candidate into the politics of Burkina Faso like what happened in Cote D’Ivoire, for the fear of a “New Sankara” emerging.