In Burkina Faso, French relegated to the rank of “working language” – Jeune Afrique

Ibrahim Traoré in Ouagadougou, October 20, 2023. © Presidency of the Faso

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Published on December 7, 2023

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The report of the Council of Ministers of December 6 specifies that this bill “is part of the realization one of the main missions of the transition which consists of initiating political, administrative and institutional reforms with a view to to strenghten democratic culture and consolidate the rule of law.

Expanded missions

This bill which must still be voted on by the Legislative Assembly of transition (ALT) also provides for “the establishment of traditional and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms”. The Constitutional Council sees its missions expanded while that institutions are abolished such as the High Court of Justice which judged senior political figures or the Mediator of Faso.

Captain Ibrahim Traoré, president of the transition in Burkina Faso.  © Presidency of Faso

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Finally, the powerful National Intelligence Agency (ANR) sees its status reinforced by now being protected in the Constitution.


From a few months, several demonstrations for the adoption of a new Constitution took place in the country. Captain Ibrahim Traoré arrived au power in September 2022 had promised a partial modification of the Constitution two months ago.

During a demonstration in support of Captain Ibrahim Traoré, in Burkina Faso, January 20, 2023. © VINCENT BADO/REUTERS

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“Writing a short story Constitution is a question of political, economic and cultural sovereignty. No one can truly flourish from the concepts of others,” declared Prime Minister Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambela, alluding to texts modeled on the Constitution française.

(With AFP)

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