Grad Student Sam Badger Analyzes Fall of Burkina Faso President

Monday, November 10, 2014
EURASIA REVIEW -- In an opinion piece, Philosophy graduate student Sam Badger and Giorgio Cafiero analyze the fall of Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore. “Compaore’s abrupt expulsion — which ended his 27-year rule — was a significant achievement for the hundreds of thousands of Burkinabes who took to the streets to demand his ouster and a democratic transition. “However, a dark cloud hovers over the demonstrators’ democratic aspirations, as many fear that Compaore’s loyalists in the military — who seized power in the midst of the ongoing unrest — will refuse to relinquish control to a democratically elected civilian government. “In the wake of further demonstrations, the military has promised to turn over power quickly — but rebuffed a two-week deadline imposed by the African Union under threat of sanctions.”