Burkina Faso: a dangerous road lies ahead for Blaise Compaore?

Blaise Campaoré, Burkina Faso’s President, is facing an unprecedented political challenge. First, the 2012 Legislative elections brought about a new party, established by a former Finance Minister and known to be a strongman, that became the second leading political party in the country. Second, 75  members of the ruling CDP have resigned driven by disillusionment towards Compaore’s ambitions and growing authoritarianism towards party members – among them are some prominent national figures such as the former President of the National Assembly and also the former Mayor of Burkina Faso’s capital city.

According to an editorial by Le Courrier International, the possible merger of these two movements is highly likely to pose a paramount challenge to Compaore’s rule and ambition of changing the Constitution and run for a 5th term. This fact gains momentum when considering that Compaore also has to deal with opposition inside the party, and within the bulk of the civil society.

“Dorénavant, Blaise pourrait se retrouver en face d’une opposition interne à son propre parti, de ses adversaires politiques classiques ainsi que d’une bonne partie de la société civile. Dans les conditions normales, quand un concours de circonstances fait que tout ce beau monde se ligue contre vous, le bon sens voudrait qu’on se choisisse une sortie honorable.

C’est à se demander si Blaise Compaoré en sera capable. Pas nécessairement parce qu’il en serait incapable en tant qu’être humain; mais il semble être de la trempe des dirigeants africains qui, devant les enjeux liés au pouvoir, peuvent se laisser aller à l’entêtement le plus suicidaire.”

 

http://www.courrierinternational.com/article/2014/01/07/l-insubmersible-campaore-defie-par-les-siens

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