Burkina Faso. According to
countryaah, the country's chief of customs was
dismissed in January after police found suitcases with $ 4
million, which he tracked to him. An independent
anti-corruption organization has designated the customs
office as Burkina Faso's most corrupt authority.
At least 30 people were killed in May during three days
of fighting in Mali, near the border with Burkina Faso. The
majority of those killed came from Burkina Faso. The
fighting broke out between the herd and nomad people Fulani
from Burkina Faso and farmers from the dogon people in Mali.
The people groups are competing for water and land, which
has caused males to flee into Burkina Faso.
In June, Parliament voted to grant amnesty to President
Blaise Compaoré and all other heads of state that Burkina
Faso had since the country gained independence from France
in 1960. Compaoré, like several former leaders, has seized
power through a coup. Parliament also prepared a new law to
set up a Senate, an upper house, in 2013.
On December 2, parliamentary elections were held and for
the first time municipal elections were held simultaneously.
In the parliamentary elections, the ruling party won the
Democracy and Progress Congress (CDP) big and took home 70
of the 127 seats in the National Assembly. The other parties
in the government coalition received a total of 28 seats.
The new opposition party Union for Progress and Change
(UPC), which had been formed in 2010, participated for the
first time in an election and received 19 seats.