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24 November 201413:47

Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the developments in Burkina Faso

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According to incoming information, the situation in Burkina Faso following the recent opposition protests is gradually returning to normal. The leaders of the armed forces have transferred ruling powers to Michel Kafando, who officially took on the responsibilities of the country's president for the transition period on 21 November.

On 23 November, a government was formed, chaired by Lieutenant Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida. The new government will operate for one year, until the 2015 presidential and parliamentary elections. Upon a mutual agreement between the interim head of state and the prime minister, Michel Kafando will also head the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while Isaac Zida will head the Ministry of Defence.

These events marked the beginning of the implementation of the Charter of Transition, which was unanimously approved by the military, which came to power this October, along with representatives of social, political and religious circles.

The African Union and the Economic Community of West African States are making a significant contribution to the settlement of the situation in Burkina Faso.

Moscow is counting on the further movement of the Burkinabe society towards the reestablishment of constitutional order, civil accord and stability.

24 November 2014

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