by Azubuike Azikiwe
A peace deal has been brokered in the crisis-ridden West African nation of Burkina Faso.
President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Senegal’s President Macky Sall and Ghana’s John Mahama brokered an agreement to have a one-year political transition in the country.
The trio met with military leader Isaac Zida, diplomats, representatives of political parties and civil society as well as religious and traditional leaders.
Zida took power after Compaore resigned on Friday, following massive demonstrations demanding an end to his 27-year rule.
The deal states that the military would hand over power to a civilian to lead the transition phase, which will last till the elections in November 2015.
Mahama said, “Burkina Faso should overcome the pain as quickly as possible, so that all parts of society can participate in decisions making it possible to create a stable democracy.”
Based on the agreement, Burkina Faso’s political parties and civil society groups would be able to propose candidates for the post.