Burkina Faso. Several reforms had been made by the
electoral system before the spring parliamentary elections,
which led to all opposition parties running for election
this time. It was originally held on April 28 but was
postponed until May 5 to allow more voters to register.
Countryaah website, the Governing Democracy and Progress Congress (Congrès
pour la demokratie et le progrès, CDP) won 57 of the 111
seats, which meant a decline of over 40 seats. The CDP could
still retain a scarce majority in Parliament.
Within the opposition, the Alliance for Democracy and the
Federation/African Democratic Assembly (Alliance for
Democracy and Federation/Rassemblement of Democratic
Africa, ADF-RDA) was the largest with 17 seats. Almost
two-thirds of Burkese voters voted.
The turmoil in Ivory Coast during the fall led to attacks
on Burkinians living there. At the beginning of November,
some 30,000 Burkinis had moved to Burkina Faso. The Burmese
government rejected allegations that it would have supported
a military uprising in the neighboring country in September.
Over two million Burkinis are believed to reside in Ivory
Coast. Many of them have lived in neighboring countries for
a long time, some of them even born there.