Burkina Faso Justice Minister Announces Possible Changes to Transitional Assembly Composition

OUAGADOUGOU — The Transitional Legislative Assembly of Burkina Faso may undergo significant changes in its composition following the implementation of a modified transition charter, the Justice Minister, Rodrigue Bayala, revealed during a broadcast on public television.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the new charter, which took effect on May 25, 2024, alters the structure of representation within the assembly by removing previously granted quotas to various political groups. The minister detailed that Article 14 of the amended charter eliminates designated seats for the ex-majority, the ex-CFOP, the ex non-aligned opposition, and other parties. Instead, all political movements and groups will collectively hold 12 seats in the Transitional Legislative Assembly. “This reconfiguration is a direct result of the charter’s modifications, which will be fully implemented starting July 2,” Bayala stated.

Despite the changes in the assembly’s structure, there will be no new inauguration for President of Faso, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, as the recent national meetings did not repeal the 2022 charter. The minister underscored that President Traoré retains the discretionary power to determine the government’s fate at any time.

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