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Why Burkina Faso's transition offers lessons in how to manage a constitutional crisis

By Samson Mwin Sôg Mé Dabiré, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria
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Constitutional government in Burkina Faso can be said to have begin with the proclamation of independence on 5 August 1960. This was soon followed by the constitutional referendum of 27 November 1960 which paved the way for the adoption of the new constitution.

This First Republic (1960-1966) was a presidential regime with aspects of a parliamentary system. There was also a strict separation of powers between the executive and the parliament. All subsequent republics, including the current Fourth Republic,…The Conversation


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