Burkina Abandons French As An Official Language
The Burkinabè government adopted on Wednesday a bill revising the Constitutionnational languages as official languages in place of French which is relegated to the rank of “working language”.
The report of the Council of Ministers specifies that this bill “is part of the realization of one of the main missions of the transition which consists of initiating political, administrative and institutional reforms to strengthen the culture democratically and consolidate the rule of
Among the “major innovations” of thistext is “the establishment of national languages as official languages in place of French which becomes the working language”.
Earlier this year, Mali, governed like Burkina by the military andterrible relations with its Constitution by referendum and reserved the same fate for the French.
This bill, which must still be voted on by the Transitional Legislative Assembly, also provides for “the establishment of traditional and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms”.
The Constitutional Council sees its missions expanded while institutions arethe High Court of Justice which judges senior political figures or the Mediator of Faso.
Finally, the powerful National Intelligence Agency (ANR) sees its status reinforcedprotected the Constitution.
In recent months, several demonstrations for the adoption ofhave taken place in the country. Captain Ibrahim Traoré, who came to power in September 2022, promised a months ago.
“The writing ofconstitution is a question of political, economic, and cultural sovereignty. No one can truly flourish from Prime Minister Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem of Tambela declared on Friday, alluding to texts modelled on the French constitution.
Since Captain Traoré came to power, Burkina has moved away from France, a former colonial power and historic partner, while moving closer to Moscow.
Since 2015, Burkina has been caught in a spiral of violence perpetrated by jihadistalready neighbouring Mali and Niger more than 17,000 dead.