Burkina Faso: Parties adopt transition plan

Political parties & civil groups have adopted a transitional plan, after the ousting of the president.

Journalists flee the national television headquarters as gunshots are fired around the premises in Ouagadougou on 2 November, 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Burkina Faso's political parties and civil society groups have worked through the weekend to adopt a transition plan for the West African country, after the ousting of veteran President Blaise Compaoré.

African sensitivity about Compaoré's fall after 27 years is illustrated by the media in Equatorial Guinea being banned from reporting on it by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who's been in power for 37 years.

At first, the army refused to participate in transition talks in Ouagadougou.

In neighbouring Ivory Coast, where he fled after resigning as president, Compaoré broke his silence, accusing military and political opponents of jointly plotting and then succeeding in overthrowing him.

Opposition leader Zephirin Diabre expects a final version of the transitional agreement to be handed to military authorities.

There will then be delicate talks to arrive at an agreed plan.