The Burkinabè diaspora launched its first political movement in Abidjan on Saturday to influence the November presidential election in Burkina.
Some thousand delegates from 18 countries launched in a large hotel in the Ivorian economic capital, a political movement called "This is the moment!" "
"We have decided to choose President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré who is seeking a second term because he allowed the diaspora to take part in the elections, to obtain ten seats in parliament (in the next legislature) and have a ministry for Burkinabè abroad, ”declared Moumouni Pograwa, his spokesperson.
Shield against terrorism
For Moumouni Pograwa, "President Kaboré has stood up against terrorism and constitutes a shield against this scourge".
The Burkinabè diaspora represents a community of seven million people, more than half of whom live in Côte d'Ivoire. It transfers the equivalent of 58 billion FCFA (about 88 million euros) to Burkina Faso each year.
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré was invested on July 11 by the People's Movement for Progress (MPP), his party, to run for a second term, while the country has sunk into jihadist violence in five years.
Pro-Compaoré rally in Ouagadougou
Moreover, Saturday, in Ouagadougou, uThe gathering of supporters of ex-Burkinabè President Blaise Compaoré to demand his return to the country has been prevented.
An imposing police device erected near the People's House in the capital Ouagadougou, where the demonstration was to be held, prevented thousands of people from gathering. No official reason was given by the police, some police officers content to indicate that the rally is "postponed".
Blaise Compaoré, who is the subject of an international arrest warrant, currently lives in Côte d'Ivoire from where he cannot be extradited because of his double Ivorian nationality obtained thanks to his wife.
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