A multitude of communiqués from various political parties has emerged since the beginning of the year in Ouagadougou, marking a rare opportunity for expression in light of the ban on political activities imposed by the junta since October 2023.
As Burkina Faso enters 2024, the country’s political parties unanimously emphasize the imperative of collective action against terrorism. The Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP), Union for Progress and Change (UPC), and People’s Movement for Progress (MPP) all pay tribute to the efforts of the transitional government and, notably, the security forces and Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland (VDP) who valiantly confront and sometimes sacrifice their lives in the fight against terrorists.
Another shared sentiment among the nation’s major political parties is the call for unity, solidarity, and the cessation of what the Union for Progress deems “hateful” rhetoric. The UPC urges the government to quell the prevailing climate of tension, suspicion, and violence, while the MPP, led by Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, calls on authorities to ensure that 2024 becomes a year of social cohesion.
Eddie Komboïgo, President of the CDP, expresses a desire for social relaxation and advocates for the resumption of political activities in the country. This call is particularly directed at soliciting input on the significant judicial, economic, and political reforms initiated by the government.
Notably absent from the public discourse is the Faso Autrement party. Since December 24th, there has been no word from its president, Ablassé Ouédraogo, who was reportedly apprehended at his residence by unknown individuals. The silence surrounding Faso Autrement adds an element of uncertainty to the unfolding political landscape in Burkina Faso. As political parties navigate these challenging times, their New Year messages not only reflect a collective commitment to combating terrorism but also underscore the pressing need for social harmony, dialogue, and political engagement in the nation’s path forward.