The Rendon Group Snapshot Report – 07 December 2015

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Burkina Faso’s presidential elections after upheaval


A street vendor sells newspapers in Ouagadougou on 03DEC following the election of Roch Marc Kabore to the presidency. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Image

This week’s snapshot focuses on Burkina Faso’s presidential elections. In the past year, Burkina Faso has confronted challenges on the road to democracy after years of dictatorship. In September, military officers loyal to their former president staged a coup, which was aborted after protests and junior officers took to the streets. The elections were scheduled for 11OCT, but ended up delayed until 29NOV. One year earlier, in October 2014, protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule set fire to parliament, city hall, and party headquarters.



News summary of events during the week of 29NOV15 – 06DEC15

  • 30NOV: Polls faced logistical issues, including shortages of voting materials, slow entry of voters, and delayed openings. (Xinhua)

  • 30NOV: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the Burkinabe people on the peaceful conduct of elections. (Xinhua)

  • 30NOV: Initial results show ex-PM Roch Marc Christian Kabore leading his main rival Zephririn Diabre. (AFP)

  • 01DEC: The electoral commission released official results declaring Kabore the winner of presidential elections. (AFP)

  • 01DEC: In a speech to the nation, Kabore promised a “better tomorrow” to the citizens of Burkina Faso, pledging to fight youth unemployment, improve education, and modernize the healthcare system. (AFP)

  • 02DEC: President-elect Kabore’s party lead legislative elections but did not have enough support to win an outright majority. (AFP)

  • 02DEC: Security sources revealed that they detained five suspected terrorists before the elections (Xinhua)

  • 04DEC: President-elect Kabore promised to rewrite the country’s constiution to usher in a “Fifth Republic”and limit the power of the presidency. (Xinhua)

  • 06DEC: Burkina Faso’s military tribunal charged Gen. Gilbert Diendere — who briefly took power in a failed September coup — with complicity in the assassination of the West African nation’s former revolutionary leader in 1987. (AP)

Sample of Twitter handles tweeting about the elections in Burkina Faso

  • @AmbassadorPower – Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations

  • @moise_katumbi – Moise Katumbi, Congolese politician and businessman

  • @Winnie_Byanyima – Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International

  • @HFerdjani – Hannane Ferdjani, Freelance journalist

  • @Nnenna – Nnenna Nwakanma, Africa Regional Coordinator for the World Wide Web foundation

Sample of Third Party Validators regarding the elections in Burkina Faso

Cynthia Ohayon, Analyst, International Crisis Group

“The expectations are so high — for change, for justice, for the fight against corruption.”

  • “Burkina Faso celebrates newly elected president,” AP, 01DEC15

Halidou Ouedraogo, Chairman, CODEL (Convention des Organisations de la Société Civile pour l’Observation Domestique des Elections)

“We’re smiling broadly, we’re sighing with relief. The Burkinabe people rose to the challenge of holding these historic elections in a calmer atmosphere.”

  • “Burkina’s ex-PM Kabore looks set to win presidental vote,” AFP, 30NOV15

Kwesi Aning, Research Director, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center

“I think the Burkinabé have demonstrated that their rights will not be violated by anyone again. Whoever takes over might be more responsive to the demands and expectations of the electorate.

  • ‘Burkina Faso Goes to Polls in Historic Election,’ WSJ, 29NOV15

Maggie Dwyer, Research Fellow,  University of Edinburgh’s Center for African Studies

“This election is a massive victory for all of those people who were involved in this much longer and wider struggle for change, and it could be seen as massively successful.

  • “Burkina Faso celebrates newly elected president,” AP, 01DEC15

Philippe Hugon, Africa Analyst, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs

“[Kabore] is capable of finding a political equillibrium…The question of the economy is very important for Kabore since Burkina Faso is a very poor country.”

  • ‘Burkina Faso’s new president dedicates win to victims of tumultuous history,’ AP, 01DEC15



Sample of open source research conducted by TRG analysts related to the elections in Burkina Faso

1. New Burkina Faso president promises ‘better tomorrow’ after landmark poll

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 01 December 2015

Ouagadougou, Dec 1, 2015 (AFP) – Roch Marc Kabore became Burkina Faso’s first democratically elected leader in nearly four decades on Tuesday, vowing a brighter future for the western African country after a year of political turmoil and unrest.

Kabore won 53.49 percent of ballots cast in Sunday’s election, winning victory in the first round of a vote aimed at restoring stability after the popular revolt that toppled longtime leader Blaise Compaore in October 2014.

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2. Burkina Faso’s president to change Constitution to usher in Fifth Republic

Media: Xinhua (China)

Byline: N/A

Date: 04 December 2015

OUAGADOUGOU, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) — Burkina Faso’s President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kabore has said he will change the Constitution to usher in the Fifth Republic.

Kabore who was addressing the media on Thursday in Ouagadougou, said the new Constitution will separate power and ensure the president does not reign over all public institutions in the country.

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3. UN chief welcomes peaceful presidential elections in Burkina Faso

Media: Xinhua (China)

Byline: N/A

Date: 30 November 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the peaceful conduct of the presidential and legislative elections in Burkina Faso Sunday.

Ban congratulated the people of Burkina Faso for their enthusiastic participation, which showed their strong commitment to the democratic process, said a statement of Ban’s spokesman.

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4. Burkina president-elect’s party tops legislative poll, no majority

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 02 December 2015

Ouagadougou, Dec 2, 2015 (AFP) – The party of Burkina Faso’s president-elect Roch Marc Christian Kabore came first in the west African country’s parliamentary vote but fell short of winning an absolute majority, according to official results announced Wednesday by the electoral commission.

After securing 55 seats out of 127, Kabore’s Movement of the People of Progress (MPP) must now seek coalition partners in order to form a government.

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5. Burkina Faso’s poll faced with logistical challenges

Media: Xinhua (China)

Byline: N/A

Date: 30 November 2015

OUAGADOUGOU, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) — Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections in Burkina Faso were faced with numerous logistical challenges such as shortage of voting materials, slow entry of voters as well as delayed opening of the polling stations.

In Karpaala polling station in the east of the capital Ouagadougou, voting began at 8 a.m. despite the polling station being opened at 6 a.m, said Herve Ouedraogo, a civil society election observer.

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