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Burkina Faso

Yearbook 2002

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.

2002 Burkina Faso

According to 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.

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