On Tuesday, the chairman of the African Union (AU) and president of Mauritania, Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz, arrived in Burkina Faso to participate in talks about the governmental transition after the ousting of ex-President Blaise Compaore.
Abdel Aziz said after meeting with the Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida, "we have come to participate in a solution … The African Union has not come to sanction Burkina Faso.”
The AU had issued an ultimatum to the current Burkina Faso military leadership to give up control to civilians over the national government in two weeks or face repercussions.
Over the weekend, civil society organizations agreed on a transition plan that leads to an interim civilian president and new elections in one year. They are now beginning the process of negotiating with the military government over the transition blueprint.
Compaore stepped down from power in the face escalating protests against his regime and his attempts to extend his 27-year rule in late October. Burkinibes are calling this their “Black Spring.”