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Development minister monitoring situation in Burkina Faso

November 4th, 2014 11:28 am| by admin

The trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, is monitoring the situation in Burkina Faso after violent demonstrations led to the end of Blaise Compaore's 27-year reign as the west African country's president last week.

Denmark is heavily involved in development programs in the nation and Jensen is keen to support a re-introduction of the nation's constitution, human rights assurances and a return to democratic values.

”For now, we will maintain our development work and continue to support good governance, economic growth in agriculture, the private sector and water supply – among other areas,” Jensen said in a press release.

”But we are naturally monitoring the situation closely, and we will continually assess whether we need to adjust our co-operation.”

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Interim leader will cede power
The Burkinese army has filled the power vacuum left behind by Compaore's exit, and Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida, who has been installed as the nation's new interim president, has announced he will cede power to a transitional government and new head of state.

Jensen underlined that the transitional period in Burkina Faso is driven by civilian representatives, and that a democratic, inclusive and transparent election should be held as soon as possible with the help of international mediation efforts.

Burkina Faso, which is one of the poorest countries in the world, is one of the largest benefactors of Danish aid, receiving about 275 million kroner a year.

The Danes support the development of democratic state institutions and are among the greatest contributors to the civil society in the west-African nation.

Burkina Faso is one of 15 African countries that the World Health Organisation is focusing on to stop the spread of Ebola.