Africa Now December 9, 2015
Topics: Burkina Faso Presidential and Legislative Elections; and Update on the Electoral Process in the DRC
Topics and Guests: On November 29 people in Burkina Faso went to the polls to vote for a new president and legislature. For the first time in nearly 30 years Blaise Compaoré’s name was not on the ballot, who was forced to resign at the end of October 2014 following mass protests by a broad-based movement with strong youth presence at the helm. In the presidential race Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of the People’s Movement for Progress (MPP) received 53.4% of the vote, in second was Zephirin Diabré of the Union for Progress and Change (UPC). In the legislative elections Kaboré’s party (MPP) received 55 seats of 127; UPC came in second with 33 seats, and the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP—former President Compaoré’s party) has 18 seats; and the rest were split with various parties. Yesterday December 8 Africa Now! Host Mwiza Munthali had a conversation with Mr. Paul Sankara on the Burkina Faso Presidential and Legislative Elections. Mr. Paul Sankara, is a Member of the Committee against Impunity in Burkina Faso, is a brother of Burkina Faso’s late revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara.
Also featured is Update on the Electoral Process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since early this year in January there has been mobilization led by youth in DRC against the proposed extension of President Kabila’s term. This has been met by an increased crackdown. As we approach national elections in the DRC in 2016 and Human Rights Day tomorrow December 10, a report published yesterday December 8 by the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UNJHRO) states that “Arbitrary arrests and detentions, in particular of political opponents, civil society activists or demonstrators, were a frequent means of intimidation used by the security forces to restrict freedoms of expression and of peaceful assembly.” (From DRC: New UN Report Highlights the Need to Protect Political and Civil Rights Ahead of Key Elections) Joining Africa Now! today to discuss the political situation in the DRC is Mr. Kambale Musavuli. Mr. Kambale Musavuli, is a human rights advocate from DRC based in the U.S., Student Coordinator and National Spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo.
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