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Mediators secure plan to restore civilian rule in Burkina Faso

Ahmed Ouoba, AFP | Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi speaks to reporters in Burkina Faso’s capital on September 19

West African leaders mediating post-coup talks in Burkina Faso on Sunday proposed a return of the ousted interim president in return for an amnesty for the putschists who seized power this week.

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Under the mooted political accord to end the political crisis, fresh elections would be held by November 22 including candidates loyal to ex-leader Blaise Compaore, who was ousted in a popular revolt last year.

The proposal was read out by former Burkina prime minister Kadre Desire Ouedraogo at 6:30 pm (1830 GMT) Sunday.

It foresees "the restoration of the transitional institutions and of president (Michel) Kafando", and for all those being held as a result of the coup to be freed.

Importantly those responsible for the military coup would be pardoned and amnestied under the proposed deal to resolve the crisis.

The law enshrining the deal should be voted on by September 30, the statement said.

Following that, fresh elections would be held by November 22 at the latest.

Before members of the elite presidential guard declared a coup on Thursday, elections were due to be held in the country on October 11. Pro-Compaore candidates had been excluded from taking running in the polls.

The plan will be presented to an extraordinary summit of the African Union on Tuesday, said Senegalese President Macky Sall, the current ECOWAS chairman and part of the mediating team that has led three days of talks in Ouagadougou.

He called for calm, saying "we aren't going to light a fire that we cannot put out."

(AFP)
 

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