Burkina Faso. 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.
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More than three million Burkinabes are threatened by food shortages
21th of August
More than three million people are threatened by food shortages in Burkina Faso, according to UN agencies WFP and FAO. The situation is most serious now before the next harvest can be taken in September. Most vulnerable are people living in the provinces of Oudalan and Soum in the Sahel region in the northern part of the country, an area that has also been hit hard by drought in recent years.
Opposition settlement closes ahead of presidential election
If there is a second round of presidential elections in November, 22 political parties and organizations will support the opposition candidate in order to defeat incumbent President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. When Kaboré came to power in 2015, he was seen as a compromise candidate, but as the jihadist violence in Burkina Faso increased, dissatisfaction with his rule increased.
At least 20 people are killed in a new act of violence
At least 20 people have been killed when a group of men attacked a cattle market in the village of Namoungou in the eastern Fada N’Gourma region. Even more people are injured in the act. However, it is unclear who committed the act. Around 1,100 people have now been killed in violence related to the jihadist violence that flared up in 2015. At the same time, almost half a million people have been forced to flee the violence.
According to countryaah, the population of Burkina Faso in 2012 was 18,110,513, ranking number 60 in the world. The population growth rate was 3.020% yearly, and the population density was 66.1938 people per km2.